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Monday, September 26, 2016


Another week of not understanding anything!  So I use a lot of time for personal thought.

This week I was wondering about love, and how love exists in this world.  I was having some issues because I was sitting in a lesson, and they might be a family that already has so much love for each other.  If people can have love outside of the gospel, why do they need our message?  What is my purpose or what can I do.

So I was wondering what our message contributes to this idea of love.  Why do people need our message if love can and does exist fully outside of the church?  After reading my Scriptures and pondering about it, I came to the conclusion that Love obviously exists outside the gospel, but that the gospel helps love be more complete.  But thats not the main thing that makes our message unique.  Our message is that does not have to end in this life.   Our message is that love is FOREVER. Our message is that, with Jesus, love does not have to end after this life.  YOU CAN LOVE YOUR CLOSEST LOVED ONES FOREVER!

You can tell how different families are who have the gospel here. 

And here´s the scripture that I happened to find that perfectly answered my question:

Moroni 7:47
47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

Attached is a photo of Elder Briones and my district!

Monday, September 19, 2016


Let me just start this off with a good

alright, now that I got that out of my system, this week went well! hahah!  IM IN ARGENTINA!
And... My new companion doesn´t speak a lick of english. Seriously. He´s from Buenos Aires. But there´s another companionship in my apartment! BUT THEY DONT SPEAK ENGLISH EITHER.

I do not know whether to smile or laugh or cry or shout and the end result is just this crazy smile on my face during lessons.  I understand about 2% of what is being said during lessons... But its ok because my companion is a master teacher... He´s been out for a year and 3 months and he´s 23.  He´s seriously so amazing, but we literally don´t speak the same language, so its really tough at times.  But he takes good care of me and has the patience of a prophet. 

My first day and night was very rough because I went to bed that night thinking that my mission president is insane for assigning me to live with someone who doesnt speak English.  But the next morning, after work out, when one of the kids in our apartment was listening to music, a talk set to music came on while everyone was finished and getting ready for the day.  It was by President Holland, called The Atonement and the Missionary.
I know it was a little miracle that this talk came on for me.  I know that the only reason that that talk came on was because I needed to hear the words of Elder Holland.  IT IS NOT EASY, but neither was anything Christ did.

I got a chance to talk to my president the next day which helped, but he told me I was in one of the toughest spots as far as the new missionaries go. Be careful what you wish for.



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Talk on Improvement from Allen E. Bergin

President Price told me that he once heard a talk from Elder Scott that he wished the word "repent" and "repentance" would be replaced with "improve" and "improvement" in our gospel, because that's what repentance truly is...Improving and turning to God.  Here's a talk from Allen E. Bergin where he talks about repentance.  I took the talk and replaced the words, taking Elder Scott's advice.


I'm happy to be here today to speak of faith in our divine Redeemer. I feel close to him, and the music has enhanced that feeling. I am pleased that so many of you came today. I plan to speak on improvement, and it is good to have so many sinners here to preach to.

As we approach the weighty matters of improvement, let us remember the positive side of our nature as well. To quote President Hinckley:

You are an inspiration, in every sense, and a bright and glowing hope for the future of this work in all the earth. . . .

I hope . . . that . . . there will be in each of your hearts a resolution to live nearer to the limitless self that lies within you. I am not asking for perfection; I am asking for greater effort. . . .

You are . . . of God, each of you, endowed with something of his divinity. . . . You cannot afford to live beneath that portion of divinity. You cannot afford to hide it or to set it aside. ["The Wonderful Thing That Is You and the Wonderful Good You Can Do," Young Women Fireside, 10 November 1985, pp. 1–3]

That is why I speak of improvement today. It is the glorious means provided by our Heavenly Father through his Son, Jesus Christ, for us to overcome the world that we may ultimately stand before him, pure and noble and deserving of the exaltation he desires to bestow upon us.

While assisting individuals who want to overcome their moral weaknesses, I have noticed problems in how they approach the improvement process. In analyzing these problems, I have found it helpful to organize the elements of improvement under three broad categories.

First is self-confrontation. This involves recognizing that a sin has been committed and that improvement is needed. Also, experiencing sorrow or remorse, making confession, and suffering the consequences of having broken the moral law are involved.

The second category concerns self-control. This requires forsaking the sin and developing a pattern of self-regulation that is incorporated into a new and morally benevolent lifestyle.

The third category concerns self-sacrifice. Under this heading I include restitution and reconciling, restoring, forgiving, obeying, and serving.

Today I will focus primarily on the first, self-confrontation, and the third, self-sacrifice, because these are the two areas in which I have frequently noticed deficiencies in our understanding of improvement and in our ability to implement it. To the extent that we fail to fully apply these two phases, we become vulnerable to moral relapse and to repeating the behaviors we had temporarily forsaken. We seem to do a better job of self-control by forsaking immoral conduct for periods of time while we are under the pressure of the improvement process and feeling the direction of the Lord or of a Church authority.

Self-confrontation seems difficult for many of us. It requires understanding how we avoid the truth about ourselves and what is needed to overcome that avoidance. It is said that we must recognize our errors, feel remorse or sorrow, and make confession; but this creates an immediate threat to our self-image—and by nature we tend to protect ourselves from full disclosure of our faults or, when exposed, to justify or rationalize our misconduct.

Evidences of the fears and conflicts that are provoked by self-confrontation arose in a study of sixty BYU students that some of my colleagues and I did with support from the BYU Counseling Center and the BYU Comprehensive Clinic. We found it encouraging that a majority of the students reported abiding by the standards of the gospel. On the other hand, we found among those who had deviated that many avoided the improvement process as outlined in the scriptures and the writings of General Authorities.

Their ways of handling deviations were diverse, such as simply waiting until their feelings of guilt subsided; attempting to convince themselves that what they had done was really not that bad; doing something righteous to balance their account; promising themselves (and God) that they would avoid it the next time; punishing themselves by calling themselves worthless and feeling bad for one or two days; trying not to think about it; and avoiding spiritual contexts because they felt unclean.

These practices represent defense mechanisms (denial, suppression, and rationalization)—their purpose is to defend self-esteem. The students had defined themselves as righteous, and evidence to the contrary threatened their self-images. To follow the practice of confession and improvement would have required them to acknowledge their unrighteous actions. This reflects the problem of emphasizing an external image so much that honest self-disclosure is avoided (see page 97 of Bergin, A. E., Stinchfield, R. D., Gaskin, T. A., Masters, K. S., Sullivan, C. E., "Religious Lifestyles and Mental Health: An Exploratory Study,"Journal of Counseling Psychology 35 [1988]: 91–98).

It is ironic that we fear disclosing to him who already knows what we have done. We perhaps punish ourselves more by withholding than the Lord would ever do.

This lack of a frank and full confession precludes lasting change because the person fails to fully recognize and confront the sinful conduct. In addressing this problem in The Miracle of Forgiveness, President Spencer W. Kimball asserted that the treatment for sin must be commensurate with its seriousness. A Band-Aid is not sufficient for a deep wound. In some cases spiritual surgery is required—this begins with a confession that lays open the spiritual wound so it is exposed to the view of the self, the Lord, and, in the case of serious transgressions, to the Church leader as well. If this is not done, complete improvement is impossible.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell stated that improvement "is too little understood, too little applied by us all, as if it were merely a word on a bumper sticker." The Lord requires more of his disciples than "cheap repentance" or "superficial forgiveness." (See "Repentance," Ensign, November 1991, pp. 30–31.)

One of the most difficult situations I face while walking with members through the process is to realize that they confessed and improved at one time—perhaps as they prepared for a mission or to enter the temple—and then, after a period of righteous conduct, relapsed and fell. I have asked myself whether these individuals had truly improved. They seemed sincere and seemed to go through the spiritual steps required for worthiness. Were they overwhelmed later by new circumstances? Were they too weak to persist when the external controls of Church leaders and family were withdrawn? Were they rebelling against authority? Were they playing a social role in order to please others? Were they not truly converted to the inward principles of improvement? Many of these people eventually recognized that their reconciliation with the Lord required a more profound self-examination.

In order to overcome their self-justification and denial of consequences, it was necessary for them to do some self-analysis. As Sigmund Freud said, a major purpose of psychoanalysis is to "help people face unpleasant facts about themselves." Sometimes they had to follow assignments carefully and thoughtfully to review every detail of what they had done, to face the unpleasant facts about themselves in a profound way, and to understand the ripple effect of their behavior, not only on themselves, but also on their partners, their families, friends, and so forth.

As they went before the Lord in mighty prayer and confessed fully and frankly exactly what they had done, step-by-step, intention by intention, they began to realize more deeply how they had betrayed the Lord who loves them; how they had violated their own ideals as followers of the Savior; and how they had betrayed, in many cases, sacred covenants. This self-examination is like psychotherapy in that the process of spiritual reform requires overcoming defenses and accepting painful self-awareness. It is an exercise in honesty, guided by the spirit of truth. This is not an easy thing to achieve. It is approached best by confiding deeply in a trusted confidante—sometimes a therapist, sometimes a friend, but ultimately a Church leader and our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. This process involves suffering, and we have a natural inclination to shrink from it. Like psychotherapy, it requires us to walk in the valley of sorrow and to suffer for a time before we can reorient ourselves. President Spencer W. Kimball reminded us that "if a person hasn't suffered, he hasn't improved" (TSWK, p. 99). Elder Dallin H. Oaks similarly stated, "The improved sinner who comes to Christ with a broken heart and a contrite spirit has been through a process of personal pain and suffering for sin" ("Sin and Suffering," BYU 1989–90 Devotional and Fireside Speeches [Provo: Brigham Young University, 1990], p. 149).

Paul, Enos, and Alma the Younger certainly understood that easy and painless sorrow was not a sufficient basis for improvement. Alma said that he was "in the darkest abyss . . . racked with eternal torment" (Mosiah 27:29). "Yea, I did remember all my sins and iniquities, for which I was tormented with the pains of hell" (Alma 36:13). After three days and three nights of what he called "the most bitter pain and anguish of soul," he cried out to the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy, and he received "a remission of [his] sins" (Alma 38:8). The Lord has said, "Every man must repent or suffer" (D&C19:4).

For behold, I, God, have suffered . . . for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;

Which suffering caused myself, even God . . . to tremble because of pain. [D&C19:16–18]

Although our suffering may be intense, if we are repentant it is temporary and merely a taste of the suffering that the Savior endured for us. Suffering reminds us that faith in his atonement is the key to our release, our rejuvenation, and our redemption.

Such temporary remorseful suffering helps us learn the full nature of our immoral dispositions, and it makes our memory of misdeeds vivid. Having exposed the disease process, cleansing can then occur. When we have been thus washed clean, we are less likely to repeat the error. We learn from such profound experience that recognition, remorse, and confession are all part of a single process requiring the submission of one's way of being and living to the will and grace of the Lord.

In Christ we have a glorious hope that the sun will rise again upon our despair and reveal the glory of our eternal possibilities. Alma put it this way:

There could be nothing so . . . bitter as were my pains. . . . On the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy. [Alma 36:21]

It has been my privilege to walk through the valley of sorrows with many individuals as they have faced the enormity of their sins and their effects upon the lives of others. These individuals have been involved in all forms of misconduct.

Consider the person who has betrayed the trust of the Lord and of his girlfriend by pressing for and getting physical pleasure. He is a returned missionary who has been endowed in the temple and made solemn covenants regarding virtue. He is devastated but cannot face reality. He makes excuses. He hides his sin and may even prepare or go through a temple marriage without disclosure. What can be done for people who are afraid, who fear punishment, who worry about rejection by family, or social slights, or Church discipline, and may be accustomed to being honored and admired?

Where would such a person get the extra motivation needed to face the pain of accurate self-assessment? Numerous things can help, but there are three fundamental keys to change: faith in the Lord, the courage to act, and a feeling of being loved. Even if discipline or rebuke is involved, it is never optimal unless the person being disciplined feels loved by the one disciplining.

It is crucial when we are into self-confrontation that our courage be encouraged. We need someone we can cry out to in pain, remorse, and full emotional expression. But such exposure of the tender and vulnerable aspects of ourselves does not usually occur unless trust exists. The sinner needs the confidence of knowing that the listener is not there to hurt but to hear, to understand, to console, and to resonate to our sense of guilt and despair.

President Howard W. Hunter has encouraged us to bear each other's burdens. He said:

To those who have transgressed or been offended, we say, come back. To those who are hurt and struggling and afraid, we say, let us stand with you and dry your tears. ["President Howard W. Hunter: Fourteenth President of the Church," Ensign, July 1994, p. 5]

Surely the Good Shepherd will also hear our pleas and know of our suffering. We must never think that we are unworthy to approach him in prayer. To him we can pour out everything if we know he loves us beyond measure and gave himself for us. I recall the little song I learned as a child in Protestant Sunday School: "Jesus loves me, this I know / For the Bible tells me so." I hope that each person here knows this—that the Lord loves you. With confidence in that love, you can bare your soul to him, knowing that his tender care will prevail and that he will help you face the difficult steps that must be taken as you become a better person.

Then, if we persist in doing his will, his healing endows us with a newness of life. He said:

Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me. [D&C19:23]

Many individuals have come to terms with their own defects and have succeeded in experiencing the joy of forgiveness, the exalting feeling of being reconciled with the Lord. I rejoice with these individuals because they have faced themselves. Some, knowing that they would be disciplined by the Church, even excommunicated, have said boldly, "I will do whatever it requires to be reconciled with the Lord and to be on good terms with the Church once again and to be free from the affliction that my own actions have caused." Others have said, "If it is necessary for me to be dismissed from the university, then I will accept it." They have chosen the course of righteousness and have dropped out for a period of time while improvement became complete. I have been happy to see other individuals involved in same-sex attractions and opposite-sex addictions overcome their problems. They have married, had families, and now for many years have lived fruitful lives within the framework the Lord has set. Some have overcome severe temptations that were complicated by disturbances within their families and their childhood development. They have gone through therapy that has helped reduce the intensity of their motives to do the wrong thing, and as a result they have become not only clean but mentally healthy. Their efforts have been blessed. They have been healed!

I recall a person who was in despair because she could not seem to stop patterns of relating that continually got her into morally compromising situations. She had tried hard to improve and to achieve self-understanding. I learned that she had seen many therapists, but none had helped sufficiently. As we talked, I realized that she was suffering from complex emotional conflicts. If such emotional conflicts are untreated or not properly diagnosed and skillfully treated, they can repeatedly undermine efforts to change. This can cause relapses in efforts to improve.

I explained to my friend that her problem was complex and that her reports showed her previous counseling was inadequate for her case. We then arranged for therapy with a person skilled in treating her type of problem. A few months later she appeared at my office aglow with optimism. She was working hard and succeeding in unraveling the strands of emotional dysfunction that had impaired her ability to gain self-control. She is on the way to a more fulfilling life because her self-understanding and her knowledge of the gospel are no longer clouded by the pathology of the past. Counseling can be very helpful if the technique is correct, the counselor is skilled, and the method is in harmony with gospel principles. But, as Elder Richard Scott has pointed out, after all we can do, it is the Lord who heals us and blesses us to go forward in a new way of life (see "To Be Healed," Ensign, May 1994, pp. 7–9).

Another problem is that some of us engage in overrepentance. Such individuals feel perpetually guilty about things that were not their fault or about very minor matters. They imagine they have sinned when they haven't, or they anticipate that they will sin in the future. Such obsessional preoccupations and depressing self-criticism is not in keeping with the spirit of the gospel. Such individuals need to liberate themselves from their agenda of self-punishment.

Elder Oaks has stated that

one of Satan's most potent techniques of discouragement is to deny the power of the atonement by persuading a sinner that God cannot or will not forgive him or her. . . . We should teach the discouraged that part of the process of  improvement is to let go of our sins, to yield them up to God and follow his example by forgiving ourselves as he forgave us. [Sins, Crimes and Atonement, address to CES Religious Educators, 7 February 1992, p. 12]

I once interviewed a young woman who believed she had grossly sinned. She had done some things that were not right though they were not grossly deviant. She had corrected them and lived a good life for several years. The passage of time is a good test of  improvement; nevertheless, she continued to feel guilty for the past. In the midst of our interview I felt inspired to tell her that I believed the Lord had forgiven her. That moment of inspiration was felt by her as well, and she felt completely relieved from her sense of guilt. It was a miracle of forgiveness. Others in the ward remarked later about what a changed person she was, though they knew nothing about our interview. A light had turned on in her, and it did not go out again. She became a joyful individual because she was truly free from guilt and she knew that the Lord loved her.

Recognizing that healthy self-confrontation lays the basis for effective self-control and willing self-sacrifice, let us now examine the specific role of self-sacrifice.

In this third aspect of improvement we become truly allied with the Savior. Prematurely concluding improvement in a self-satisfied feeling of having confessed and forsaken our sins prevents us from solidifying our personal reform and limits our capacity to develop a truly Christian lifestyle. Self-sacrifice depicts the broad range of elements in the improvement process that are necessary to make improvement complete. This is not only a matter of restitution in the sense of returning a stolen item, but also of extending the necessary effort to alter the fabric of relationships, the negative consequences, or mistrust and broken covenants that need to be corrected. We often shrink from the effort required to make these corrections, but such self-sacrificing effort is an essential part of redeeming the situation. The Savior has said: "Ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit" (3 Nephi 9:20). This obligation is fulfilled in part by self-confrontation and self-control because we suffer in humility and we give up needs, habits, or indulgences as we forsake sinful ways. But self-sacrifice is not completed until we reconcile, restore, forgive, obey, and serve in love.

To reconcile and restore requires an analysis of our relationships—the harm, alienation, bad examples, and so forth that we have participated in. Like the analysis of self, this analysis of the social consequences of our actions requires the courage to face unpleasant facts about our conduct and unpleasant feelings people may have toward us. Making contact with some of the individuals one was involved with in the past is not always wise, but often a great deal can be done to correct the past relationships. If they have been partners with us in sin, we must help them reform their lives by taking appropriate steps. Assignments can be given and reports made. If they suffer innocently due to our actions or bad example, we must make personal contact and help make up for losses of faith, friendship, position, or possessions. What was broken should be fixed. What was lost should be restored.

One young man donated to a victim reparation fund. Another met with family members to make amends for afflictions produced by her abuse of one family member. Another has written letters to persons offended and others influenced by his bad example. Another contacted his home stake president to explain how he had lied to him before his mission, and a reconciliation followed. I've been pleased with the reports I've received from family members, friends, and associates, who have been encouraged by the healing effect of an individual who has sincerely attempted to make restitution. This requires going back and making amends in a way that is more profound than simply saying, "I'm sorry." Where there are amends that cannot be made personally, individuals have the opportunity to compensate for the past by serving others in a profound and extensive way.

All of these are efforts to alter the negative effects of actions that tend to ripple through the lives of people affected by our deviations from the Lord's standards of conduct. Sometimes we do not realize how widespread the effects of our actions become—including our impact upon clerks, employers, police, insurance agents, parents, church leaders, extended families, siblings, and peers.

We also need to sacrifice our inclination to judge others who have sinned. As we are forgiven, we must forgive: "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" (Matthew 6:12). As we feel loved by and reconciled with the Lord, we also must love and reconcile with those who may have harmed us.

Finally, we are asked to take up the cross of Jesus and walk in a new life. Our spiritual capabilities are fully restored as we keep the commandments that define a Christian Latter-day Saint lifestyle and as we serve the needs of others. This may be via formal callings such as home or visiting Teacher or missionary, or it may be through informal sustaining of others in times of special need. And we may help others in the larger community and in world service. Some have assisted others in Deseret Industries, schools for the handicapped, the Food and Care Coalition, crisis lines, and the BYUSA community service programs. All such efforts help to anchor personal reform in a new pattern of faithful and fruitful living. This needs to be done for a lifetime, with service built into one's lifestyle. Individual and community service of various kinds can help a person develop empathy for the needs and suffering of others and also develop a great desire to avoid doing any of the things that cause harm to the social fabric, to the love and trust of the Lord, to the Church, and to the family. When the new pattern is well established, sinful indulgences and negative actions become so foreign as to be unthinkable. Virtue then garnishes our thoughts, and our confidence becomes strong in the presence of the Spirit of the Lord (see D&C121:45). Reform is completed, and relapse is prevented. The heart is changed mightily (see Alma 5:12–14).

I hope you feel close to the Lord today, as I do. I ask you to recognize that the themes of improvement—self-confrontation, self-control, and self-sacrifice—are all undergirded and overarched by faith in the example, teachings, commandments, and atonement of Jesus Christ. Please remember again the words of President Hinckley: "You are [the offspring] of God, each of you, endowed with something of his divinity. . . . You cannot afford to live beneath that portion of divinity."

And remember the words of the Savior himself:

Behold, I have come unto the world to bring redemption unto the world . . . , to save the world from sin.

Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive, for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved. [3 Nephi 9:21–22]

Let us then, brothers and sisters, make our improvement complete so that when we come unto him we are worthy to be saved by his loving sacrifice. I know that he lives and that he is near, perhaps nearer than we think. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

was a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University when this devotional address was given on 4 October 1994.

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Day in the Life of the MTC

6:15: Alarm goes off
6:30: Wake up, pray, brush teeth, go put on shorts and shoes to work out.
7:00: Usually we just go up to the field and play volleyball or run around the field.
7:40: Showers, get dressed, put on nametag, walk to cafeteria.
8:10: Eat breakfast in cafeteria, usually cereal, milk, and a banana
8:30: Start "Ciclo" which is 1 hour personal study, 1 hour companionship study, and 1 hour language study.  Usually studying scriptures and language guides.
12:50: go to lunch in cafeteria/get mail because I am the DL.
1:30: Head back to classroom and either have Hermana Barlow or Hermano Wooden teach us for the next 3 hours.  We pray, sing a hymn, and recite Our Purpose, a Baptismal Invitation, and Joseph Smith's first vision from memory in Spanish.  The three hours are usually split up into 1 hour of grammar study, 1 hour of Preach My Gospel study, and 1 hour of teaching a lesson. 
5:00: go get mail again, and then go to dinner. 
5:45: Head back to the classroom again, and whoever didn't teach in the afternoon will teach us following the same format as before. 
9:00: plan for 15-30 minutes for the next day in classroom.
9:30: Get back to room, take off shirt and tie and shoes and write in journal, write letters, read some scriptures, or hang out with the homies on my floor for an hour before bedtime. 
10:30: Lights out. Brush teeth, say prayers, Elder Roderick says "Buenas Noches"  and lay in bed until I can sleep.

FLIGHT PLANS 8/30 - 9/6

This week was a good one and we made it to our last week in the MTC! My birthday was last week and although the MTC is not the best place to celebrate a birthday, I still had fun (until I realized I was no longer a teenager).

 My favorite scripture from this week is Alma 17:11.  It talks about how we're all missionaries! :

 11 And the Lord said unto thealso: Go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.


      Today was my 20th birthday!! Dad and Kassie came by the MTC for my birthday and gave me presents over the fence....but dad was in a gorilla costume.  Elder Rod came with and I think he saw a pretty good representation of my family.  I got two amazing gifts for my birthday today!  One was from the USC ward and the other was from Sophie!  Its so great to know that they're thinking of me and holding down the fort while I'm gone.  Sophie sent me cake pops and they are so delicious.

     Our district tried and "English Fast" today and spoke only Spanish.  Although it didn't go great for any of us, it was interesting to put ourselves in that frame of mind.  It was tough for me because I mostly just talked a lot less and was mostly in my own thoughts all day.  I think this is what made today kind of rough...

     Today was so much better.  We taught a lesson over SKYPE!  The best part was that the people we were teaching are currently living in Buenos Aries, and through the magic of technology, we were able to talk to them!  It was an old couple having dinner and the wife kept pulling out delicious looking trays of meat... We got her to hold some up for us to eat!  She was wearing a "New York City" t shirt, all the way in Argentina!  I asked about it because Sophie now lives in New York!  Small world! Both Roderick and I walked away with the biggest smile.

     We got our flight plans today!  Although we still have a little over a week left, it is starting to set in that we are going to Argentina and WE ARE ECSTATIC.  We leave next Monday, September 12, and we are basically traveling for the entire day...this is nice because a lot of missionaries have to work as soon as they get to "la campo" (the field).
     While writing in our journals, Elder Dallimore fell asleep on my bed.  We decided to play a prank on him and turn of the lights and set the alarm to go off in a few minutes.  We pretended to wake up and we asked him what he wanted to do for exercise time.  He totally fell for it until he saw the clock--we had a great laugh..

     We had a substitute teacher tonight and he actually went to Argentina on his mission! He spoke in their accent and told us some slang and at the end of the lesson, he showed us some pictures of Buenos Aires North.  It made us all go crazy and we are so excited to get down there.
     I read something cool in the Book of Mormon today that helped with some of my doubts!  I have been struggling with the idea of not being able to express all my ideas and thoughts in Spanish, but in Jacob 4:7, it talks about Sherem, who had a perfect knowledge of language, and with this perfect knowledge he was able to persuade people to disbelief.  However, with my very imperfect knowledge of language, it takes humble hearts to be able to listen to our message--who are the type of people ready for the gospel!   


     Sacrament meeting today was a hoot.  President Price was the only member of the presidency in attendance because the other two were sick/on vacation.  After the Sacrament, he was telling us about the schedule today, and his wife was mouthing something to him from the pews.  He called her out on it because he knew what she said, and he said aloud "You see, women are born with the ability to read lips, but men are not, and I have finally gained the ability at age 56."  She mouthed something else, and he said "Will I dance with you?--Yes, of course!" We all laughed pretty hard and his wife was not having it, haha I'm gonna miss President Price! Wonderful Sunday filled with the Spirit! 

     Today was the first day of fall in Utah.  You can feel and smell it in the air, and unfortunately, that means it's getting a little colder.  But the good news is that its Spring in Argentina!  Elder Dallimore and Elder Paulson leave at 3 in the morning-- gonna miss those guys, they're going to be amazing missionaries!


Couple quotes I heard throughout the week:

  • "'Ask' is the most repeated commandment in the scriptures--we must ask!"
  • "God usually reveals his love through other people"

Anyway, thanks for all the love and support! The Church is true!