Monday, September 18, 2017

mi semana

Hola family and friends!!!! Things are going great here in Argentina. God is truly preparing people for the His message and we are seeing so many miracles!!!

Bueno...here is some exciting news from the week! 

-       This week we had a multi-zone conference with Elder Mark A. Bragg and it was so so good! I learned so much and have so many things to improve on haha! We talked a lot about how we can work with the members to see more success in our area. It went really well and now we have new things that we can focus on! 
-       Our neighbor had puppies! Bueno...our neighbors dog had puppies! So now every time we head to our apartment we have super cute puppies to watch yay! 
-       We had a service project with the Familia Caceres family this week where we made 800 empanadas! that’s right 800 emanadas! yummmmmmm
-       This week is a special holiday in Salta - Semana de Milagros. It’s a catholic holiday where the Catholics show their sacrifice and devotion to their religion and walk to salta. Some Peligrinos (the Catholic group) walk for 12 days to make it to Salta. It was super cool to watch other religions show their faith and dedicate themselves to God. Plus, lots of people give out free food because they don’t have food after walking for so many days so i got some free food as well! 
-       Our investigator Nelly, is progressing so much! She reaffirmed my testimony that God is preparing people for our message! She has gone to church the last two Sundays and loved every minute of it! She doesn´t have any problems with the Palabra de Sabiduria and she has such a strong testimony of Joseph Smith. I am so happy to help her prepare for her baptism!!!
-       Other investigator, Sandra, is finally progressing! She has been investigating the church for over a year and is finally making changes in her life to be able to be baptized! Keep her in your prayers that everything will go well and she will be able to prepare for her baptism in a couple weeks! 


Sorry my letters have been pretty boring. I will try to make this week super memorable and worth writing about haha! 

Love you all!!! Have a great week! 

HOY ES EL DIA 

♥ Hermana Mannewitz 


I have a new obsession with Argentine Pizza.  Oh, and look at my llama sweater!

They also sell full sized chickens.  Smell really good but aren't that great!

My day one homie...Hermana Tolson

Elder y Hermana Bragg

These are my new favorite snack - Puflitos

We were in the same ward in BYU and now the same mission.  que loco!

Hermana Oliviera - my sister from the mission!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Milagros

Hola Amigos!  This week in Limache was so good!  I am so happy to be a missionary!  This letter is going to be short and sweet.

CHISTOSOS
I don’t know why, but here in Argentina it is super normal and not offensive to call someone fat.  The other day, in almuerzo, the lady answered her phone by saying, “Hola gordo” (that means “Hi fatty” in English).  So Hna Adams and I decided that we are gonna speak like that as well.
This week we had splits and so I got to work with Hna Oliviera on the day she completed 1 year in the mission.  But we were doing our studies in the park and she fell asleep haha.  Her head was doing that bobbing that happens when someone is really tired.  I guess that happens after one year in the mission.
There is an alarm system in the church to keep it safe and the other day after locking up the church, the alarms went off.  But we were really scared so we just ran away but then the police came so yeah, that was fun.
Hermana Lisboa, from Brazil, is trying to learn English, but Brazilians have such a strong accent that they just sound ridiculous.  But she asked me to teach her to say “shut-up” so I tried to stop laughing and help her (because I know I sound just as ridiculous in Spanish).
Creepy old man on the bus tapped my shoulder and said, “You’re so pretty!”  THANK YOU!  GOODBYE!

MILAGROS
I found a new favorite snack for 5 pesos!  That’s like 40 cents.  What a deal!
This week we taught our recent convert how to pray in English and it’s the most beautiful thing.  I’m literally so happy!
My Spanish skills did something really cool this week!  We were teaching the Plan of Salvation to one of our investigators and I was teaching and just having a great time when suddenly I realized that I was actually TEACHING!  For the past 5 months I have been teaching, but mostly just saying the same thing over and over because I don’t know a lot of Spanish.  But in this lesson I was actually teaching and bearing my testimony from my heart.  It was so cool when we walked away.  I was so happy so I offered a prayer of gratitude to my Heavenly Father for all the blessings He gives me every day.
I gave a talk in Spanish.  That’s a miracle.
The Lord is preparing souls in Limache.  We found a miracle investigator last week and seriously, the gospel is changing her life.  She came to church in a skirt and was so so happy!  And the members were so good at making her feel welcome!  Keep Neli in your prayers!

1 Nephi 21:15-16
“For can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?  Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel.
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”
Drops mic
Thank you for all the prayers and support!  I’m so grateful for my support team from the USA!  Love you all and have a great week!

HOY ES EL DIA
♥ Hermana Mannewitz

Capilla Abierta in Palermo

Hermana Oliviera completed one year in the mission!

Hermana Adams said her throat hurt
so i helped her out

Uno with the district!!!


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Save the Fork

Well, happy transfers!  There is still a lot of work to be done here in Limache so I am staying here!  I’m super excited to strengthen the ward and help others come unto Christ.

CHISTOSOS
·       The bus driver was jamming so hard all alone in the bus when we walked by . . . so funny!
·       We ate noodles for lunch almost every day this week so now I am sick of noodles.  And when we were in lunch the other day, the mother and son left the kitchen so it was just Hna Adams and I and she took of handful of noodles and threw it on the little boy’s plate of food.  When the mom returned, she said “Wow, he didn’t eat anything.”  It took everything in me to not burst out in laughter. 
·       I’m very gringa and it is really obvious that Spanish is not my native language and the other day we were looking for a referencia named Norman and this random man opened the door and he asked “Estan buscando un novio?”  Which means, “Y’all are looking for a boyfriend?”  No!  We are looking for Norman!
·       Hermana Caceres, AKA BFF, told me her favorite quote is “Stomach full, heart happy!”  I don’t think I’ve heard anything more true in my life!

MILAGROS
·       Hermana Adams told me a story that is called “Save the fork”.  She reminded me that when we eat in fancy restaurants they always serve a main dish as well as a fancy dessert.  When the waitress comes to clear your plate from the main dish they say, “Save your fork” for the dessert.  We save the fork because we know something good is about to come.  So my new life motto right now is save the fork – hope for a better tomorrow.  (The story made more since when she explained it but you get the point.)
·       I got another free tortilla this week!  My favorite tortilla lady calls me her gringa.  Life is too good!
·       Sandra, one of our eternal investigators has really shown signs of progression this week!  Keep her in your prayers that she can continue with her plans to be baptized this month!
·       Missionary work here in Limache is a little tough.  The past two weeks we haven’t seen a lot of progress even though we are really working hard.  But I know that it is all in the timing of the Lord.  I only need to have more patience.  But keep Limache in your prayers!

I finished the Book of Mormon this week.  I love reading Moroni because it reminds me of all the things I need to do to improve and be worthy to return to the presence of our loving Heavenly Father.   I especially love the invitation in Moroni 10:32:

“Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.”

The invitation is very simple – come unto Christ.  And as we come unto Christ, we can feel His love more in our lives as well as be given the strength that we need to press forward.  I know this to be true.  I know that our loving Heavenly Father is always willing to receive us and bless us, but is only waiting for us to show our faith.  I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and only through Him we can become perfected.  I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and we can come unto Christ by reading it every day.

Have a super great week!
HOY ES EL DIA!

♥ Hermana Mannewitz


Somos chanchos
Familia Puca
Walter Puca - he is always dabbing
Maria and Mateo Gavilan

Maria Gavilan
Familia Schraifer

La ultima tormenta blanca

Familia Caceres

Familia Vieira

Limache losers
Flower photo shoot

Wow!  this is why we have so many investigators
AMERICANA!

My tortilla lady.  She called me her gringa!!!
Guad


Sunday, September 3, 2017

HOLA!

August 28, 2107

Hola! Que tal en los estados unidos? I can’t believe that it is already September. Time is flying by. This past week I completed 5 months in the mission. 5 months already! I can’t believe it!

CHISTOSOS
·       We were in lunch with some grandparents and their grandchild and out of nowhere, the grandchild yells “Mabel, the fatty of bancamo (fat grandma of the neighborhood). It was so so funny.
·       In a family home evening, Bishop asked Walter to say the prayer and Walter dabs so hard. Really reminded me of my brothers.
·       I burned my arm hair. I was making arroz con leche, like a normal Argentine does every morning.  And bueno, cooking is a dangerous thing and my arm got too close to the fire and ya fue. Now I just have stubble hairs on my left arm and its super ugly, but oh well.

MILAGROS
·       I got my first mission package with a lot of love, letters, and peanut butter from my family. It was the best surprise! I am so thankful for fancy mailing service men who safely bring packages to Salta. Happy missionary!
·       We recently found a super awesome new investigator named Sylvia.  She is totally amazed that we are in Argentina – so far away from our families and friends and everything.  But she is too kind. She told us that she could be our Argentine mom and if we ever needed anything we could call her. There are lots of good people in the world.
·       We had another tormenta blanca this week and it went really well. I always leave with more excitement for missionary work. But at the end of this tormenta blanca we were singing “there is sunshine in my soul” with the other missionaries and members from the ward and I definitely felt sunshine in my soul. I was singing loud and proud and with a smile on my face because I am just so grateful and so happy to be a missionary.
·       Yesterday we had a special multi stake conference which was a broadcast from the United States. I was so excited to receive counsel from our leaders and even more excited when it started to play in English because, bueno, I understood everything haha!  But the more Argentines were patiently waiting and couldn’t understand a thing. So they asked the missionaries to come to the front and translate. There were about 5 of us so we all walked to the front very nervously. The miracle of this story is that when it was my turn to translate it finally got fixed and the language turned to Spanish. Thank goodness! But now I have a new motivation to study and always be prepared.

I have recently learned that the secret to a joyful, peaceful, grateful life is to recognize that doing things the Lord’s way will make me happier than doing things my way.  We read in Moses that our Heavenly Father loves us so much!
Moses 1:39 “For behold, this is my work and my glory – to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”
Heavenly Father’s greatest desire for each and every one of His children is to help them return to His presence.  And He has given us everything we need to return.  Thanks to Jesus Christ and His Atoning sacrifice, we can be forgiven for our sins and shortcomings.  Trust in His plan for you.  I know that His plan is a perfect plan of love and happiness in this life and the life to come.

Be happy!
HOY ES EL DIA!

♥ Hermana Mannewitz




High skirt in the hard work
Shout out to my younger brothers

Tormenta blanca

District 8-28-17


All tuckered out

That's 5
Little love from home

Scripture Power Man made it to Argentina

Playing one

District tacos

District Uno



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Clara

Hola!  Como estan?  Everyone back into the school groove?  I can’t believe my bro, Max, has officially started his senior year.  Feels like yesterday I was graduating and now I’m in Argentina speaking Spanish (kind of).

Clara got baptized!  And the baptismal service was so beautiful.  There was great member and family support and Clara looked so happy in white!  Now we just got to help her put that white on again in the temple of the Lord to be sealed to her family for all eternity.  Martin – her 7 month old son – is so cute and had a little bow tie at her baptism.  Her husband had a smile on his face the whole time.  The joy I could see in this family gave me even more energy to get out and do the work of the Lord.  The best thing I can do for the people in Argentina is help them know how to be an eternal family.

CHISTOSOS
·       In Argentina, to greet people, we kiss on the cheek.  But since we are missionaries, we can only give handshakes to the men.  Well we had a lesson with an old couple and we told the man we could only give a handshake so he got real mad and excused himself from our lesson.  Haha  Sorry dude.
·       Our ward mission leader tries to be American and it is so funny.  He is going to the USA in October so I gave him a list of restaurants that he needs to go to.  So keep an eye out for a super cool Artentine man in USA.
·       We knocked on a door and there was a big family but they said, “Sorry, we can’t right now, we are playing ping pong.”  So I said, “Bueno.  If I win then y’all have to listen to our message.”  Challenge accepted.  I lost but they still listened to us!

MILAGROS
·       We had another Tormenta Blanca this week in a different area in our district.  I was paired up to work with a return missionary – Saira.  I was super nervous because Bueno, she’s Latina.  But it went really well.  Saira is a convert of 8 years but wouldn’t know it because she is so awesome.  She was super patient with me and we found a lot of awesome people!  She served her mission in Bolivia which is supposedly the most dangerous mission in the world.  Like there are no gringos there because it is too dangerous. 
·       Yesterday in church I got called on to bear my testimony and I was really nervous because Spanish is hard.  But I just followed the Spirit and it went really well.  But when I was up there looking out at the audience, my eyes were drawn to Lucia – super awesome 11 year old girl.  She had the biggest smile on her face.  She is so patient with me and always gives me a big hug.  She reminds me a lot of my sister, Emma.  So it’s great to talk to her and feel of her love.

This week in my studies, I came across the scripture located in 3 Nephi 13:31-33

“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What should we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 
But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

I’ve read the Book of Mormon many times but this scripture never really caught my attention but I love it.  Heavenly Father knows we have temporal needs and He is willing and ready to help us.  But only if we put Him in the first place.  I know that to be true.  I have seen so many miracles in my own life and the life of the people here in Argentina.  I know that as we put God first in our lives, He will provide for the rest.

Happy Birthday to Alex this week!

HOY ES EL DIA     

♥ Hermana Mannewitz

Clara's baptism

Clara's baptism

Clara's family


Clara's baptism

Clara's baptism

Clara

Clara's baptism

San Lorenzo
bbq with Obispo

ciao Elder Guarteche

District photo


Los Atalayas

Familia Tejerina


District pose

Hermana Adam's MAC and CHEESE

MAC and CHEESE
District prep
District yee-haw