Monday, March 12, 2018

bruised knees

That’s right. Call me a real missionary because this week my knees where bruised (and I’m pretty sure it’s from doing too many lazy pushups but I like to think it is because I am praying so much lol)

·       Getting to know the ward is still a struggle. For the second time this Sunday this is what has gone down:
Lady:  "hi Hermanas"
Me: " hi what’s your name"
Her: "you came to my house"
Me: "Ummmmm....yeah sorry about that but still don’t know your name" 

·       Have I mentioned how much I love Hermana Williams....well I love her a lot and am so grateful for her! God is directing this work! 

·       DANIELA! Please pray for my dear friend Daniela. She has 11 years and really wants to be baptized but is so shy and change is hard but pray for her! She is so cute and has the sweetest smile. Love her with all my heart. 

·       Capilla abierta wasn’t that bad! Like people actually came YAY! it was really fun walking in the heat (like 130 degrees I heard) at 3:00 in the afternoon to find people to come and see the church! But it was super fun because God just helps us so much and I feel so spoiled! 

·       Let me tell you a little bit about the Familia Aguirre. So basically they are investigadores that have to get married so they can be baptized but they are so nice and they gave us two huge bags of food for the week. Which was really a blessing because we had zero food. Wow. Such a blessings. les amo

·       So the Pepsi factory is here in my area so H. Williams and I are trying to get a quick tour of that place! Pray for us lol! 

That's all that came through this week.  Thanks for all of your prayers, love, and support.  But we did get pictures!!!

wow.  miss my homie H West

mis hermanos de la mision . . . too bad we can't hug lol

obispo and his wife


SALTA!  (en tucuman lol)


zone conference

Friday, March 9, 2018

May Christ lift thee UP

Hello!!!! We are still alive!!!! And we had a much better week! We were able to work more this week and truly saw the hand of the Lord guiding us in our labors. Here are a few of the highlights:

·       Me getting to know the ward…
Me: “and she’s your girlfriend”
Nico: “ex-girlfriend”
Me: runs away awkwardly.
Three days ago they were basically engaged lol love the mish

·       ACHILATA!!!!!!!!!! So I didn’t know that coming to Tucuman would be such a great privilege because little did you know, there is a special ice cream that they only have here in good ole Tucuman and it is called achilata! Basically its ice cream but not made with milk…made with water. Sounds gross but its so yummmmmmmy. And idk if I have told y’all yet but I think I am addicted to ice cream so yeah. This is not gonna help my problem. But hey….this is a once in a lifetime opportunity so you GOTTA ENJOY IT! (at least that’s what I tell myself on the daily…)

·       Hermana Williams is doing great! Still hasn’t cried…capa. We won’t talk about how many times I cried in my training lol. But she’s the best! I know that God is leading this work because He put us together! She is so excited to work and really has the Holy Ghost to guide us in the lessons, in the streets and all that jazz. I know we are going to see lots of miracles in our time together!!!

·       I FINISHED THE BOOK OF MORMON! AND IT’S STILL TRUE!!!! Bueno, it was never not true, but I just know for sure, without a doubt, that it is a book of God. The words are HIS words and He gave us this book to help us in our lives right now. This time in my reading, I read with a specific question in mind, throughout the whole book and I found my answer! I know that God knows me perfectly and He is aware of my needs and my concerns and everything. I know that God loves each of you too! He wants you to be happy…that’s His whole purpose! So read the book of Mormon! And feel Gods love! YEAH!

·       Ummmmmmm….I’m happy. Are y’all happy? Cause if you aint, make some changes so we can all be happy! Because life is good my friends and there is so much to be grateful for!

Moroni 9:25  “My son, be faithful in Christ; and may not the things which I have written grieve thee, to weigh thee down unto death; but may Christ lift thee up, and may his sufferings and death, and the showing his body unto our fathers, and his mercy and long-suffering, and the hope of his glory and of eternal life, rest in your mind forever”
Is that the most beautiful thing you have read or what? Found that in the book of Mormon yesterday and defiantly made my week. Let Christ lift our burdens, our worries, and our stress. And let us walk hand in hand through the eternities!

New catch phrase (sorry Hermana Richards )

Have a great week! Love you all!

♥Hermana Mann (it is way too hard to say Mannewitz here in Argentina so I have officially become Hermana Mann)

Friday, March 2, 2018

and now we’re stressed out #twentyonepilots


Yes ladies and better believe it. I have my hijita (daughter) and she is a gringa straight from the MTC. And I love her so much. She is named Hermana Williams and she also studied at BYU and we graduated the same year and we have a lot in common and I’m so excited because we are gonna see so many miracles here in Manantial. 

So a little info about all the changes: 
Now I am in a ward called Manantial and it is the only ward that has four missionaries. Us and some other elders. We work in one area and there are in another! It is really fun because sometimes we get to eat lunch together! And we are also the first sisters that the ward has ever had so everyone is really excited and will to help us because bueno, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I AM DOINGGGGGG!!!!!!!!! But that’s ok. I’ll learn. God will help us! 

Anyways, life is good here in Manantial! Hermana Williams thought our investigator died but he didn’t. Spanish is just a little hard and that’s what she understood hahaha. 

Umm I feel like so much has happened that I don’t even know what to tell you all. But....I will tell you about a cool prayer experience I had the other day. 
- So yeah. Whitewashing with a newbie isn’t that easy.  I was really overwhelmed and stressed out the other day and so I kneeled down to say a prayer. And bueno, lots of times in my prayers, I talk the whole time and don’t even give God the chance to say anything. But in this prayer I said something like "Alright God, please help me. I don’t know what I am doing and I need Your help. Here is your chance."  And the only thing that came to my mind was the song “I am a Child of God”. I took the chance to think and ponder every English and Spanish and truly feel the love of God. I know that He hears and answers our prayers. 

Well friends, I know that God loves us and He wants the best for us. Not only good things but THE ABSOLUTE BEST! HUMDINGER!!!! So be happy and say your prayers! 

Love you all!  Thanks for everything! 


♥hermana mann

Awww . . . miss Adrian and his family!

buscanod mi carnaval BROMA SOY MISIONERA! 

The crazy girlfriend from Brazil

Family Gonzalez

MI HIJITA! on my right.

Mariano! mas capo de todos! 

love this fam

kiara!!!! sooooo cute! 

thunderstorm sleepover

lol. just look at how white i look in this picture

Friday, February 16, 2018

love, love, love

February 12, 2018

You know what? Missionary work is a work of love so since this week is Valentine’s Day, I think it will be pretty magical! 

- I love being a missionary. I love serving my Savior. I love reading the book of Mormon. I love my life. 

- I love when our investigators are progressing. I love Adrian and his family. I love it when he is willing to live the word of wisdom because he understands that it is a commandment from God for our benefit. I love that he is actually married ya. I love that he made us omelets and they were so yummmmmmmmmmmmy.  (I also love it when my companion wanted another omelet and asked if she could put it in her bag and save it for later. silly h west.) I love waking up on a baptism day and I hope that will happen soon. But more than anything, I love Gods perfect timing for everything. 

- I love when one hermano in the ward gave a talk for 20 minutes on keeping the chapel clean. Still don’t understand why we can’t just all work together and clean the chapel pero bueno. Maybe after his wonderful talk, everyone will get the point. 

- I love meeting new people and learning their perspective of life - one lady told us "if I cared what people thought about me, I’d cry all day" hahahahaha 

- I love my companion and her love for the work! I love her obedience and diligence 

- More than anything, I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I am eternally indebted for his great sacrifice. I know that He lives. I know that He loves each and every one of you and He is aware of your circumstances. 

John 3:16 reads:  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”


Love you all! Love another week to work in the Lords vineyard! 

Have a great week! 


♥ hermana mann

Don't get more Argentine than this photo.


This is Vicky.  She is a crazy cat lady.  And this cat has down syndrome.  So cute!

Just doin what other Argentines do.

lovin life!

Maggi y Yeye


Hermana Mann in her natural habitat. . . lol I just don't have a Book of Mormon in hand

Love it when your investigadores make you omelets.

Friday, February 9, 2018


Well hello everyone. I am just a really happy missionary and let me tell you why:

1.  We did a contact on a random house the other day and talked a lot about the Book of Mormon and then left him a book. We returned a couple days later and he had already read 240 PAGES OF THE BOOK OF MORMON!!!! That’s a ton. But I know there is power in the Book of Mormon. The spirit testifies as we read on a daily basis. 

2.  In a lesson talking about the gospel of Jesus Christ 
Investigador: Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Holy Ghost.........
(his kid starts screaming and his less active wife starts getting frustrated)
Investigador: Patience

3. Adrian is a new investigator that we have recently found and he is progressing really well. First of all, he read the chapter we left him in the Book of Mormon and then he told us that he got the chills and he felt really peaceful and happy after. Then he came to church yesterday without his piercings. We haven’t told him anything about his piercings, he just came without him! Keep him in your prayers!!!!! I know that God always listens to them! 

4. Hermana Westra has a secret admirer

5. LIFE IS JUST TOO GOOD MY FRIENDS! I love riding my bike, I love speaking Spanish, I love teaching the gospel, I love reading the scriptures, I love being a missionary!!!!!! 

So yeah. Sometimes I feel a little spoiled because Heavenly Father blesses me so much but that’s just what He does. We are here to have JOY!!!!! 

2 Nephi 2:25  “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.”

And bueno, sometimes we have to look for that joy but it is there!!!! So be happy this week! Count your blessings!!!! 

Read your scriptures and talk to God like He is your best friend 


♥ hermana mannewitz 

Banana bread with the youth

ciao neighbor!  ciao obispo!

When the elders just start making their own path on the mountain.

Can't really see it, but my hair is stuck on that tree.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Let the games begin . . .

January 22, 2018

That’s right. Things are getting a little spicy here in Argentina. Carnaval is right around the corner and I thought that was only a thing in Brazil but it turns out to be a war here in Guemes too!  And I received my first water balloon toss this week - my ankle took the blame. But don’t worry, I gave them a nice smile in return because I am a disciple of Jesus Christ and we can’t throw water balloons back. We can only soak them with salvation (aka baptism) 

AND AKA WE NEED TO HAVE A BAPTISM HERE IN GUEMES! So please send your prayers this way for Misael and Aron. 

Misael has already been the answer to so many prayers. God is preparing people for His gospel. Misael has come to our English classes every week and is reading the Book of Mormon every day. We asked him if he did a prayer to ask God if it was true and his answer was one of the most amazing things I have ever heard. He explained the happiness he felt in His heart and the love of God. And because He loves us so much, He sent us the Book of Mormon to understand His will. Pray for Misael. And pray for us because he lives in a neighborhood far far away - uphill, 15 minute bike ride! But I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me :)

Aron only needs permission from his parents because he only has 14 years. We have talked to his mom and have seen a lot of progress. We believe that things are looking great and he should be entering the waters of baptism soon! 

haha I had to give a talk yesterday but no one knows my name because it is really hard. And before, I was the blonde missionary - literally everyone called me Hermana Rubia. But now we are two blondes so now I am the tall blonde missionary.  It’s ok. I love my nickname 

Yup. That was our week! Thanks for all your love and support! 


♥ Hermana Mann

PS another week with an untrustworthy computer so sorry there are no photos. But picture Hermana Mannewitz with a big fat smile and some ice cream - that is my life

The tale of a bike, a dog, and a missionary

January 15, 2018

Yup! You guessed it! I crashed my bike! And let me tell was not the prettiest sight to see haha! Hermana Westra and I were in a big hurry to save all the children of God and it was dark and there was a lot of dogs. I don’t know why all the dogs love the gringas but they are always barking and running real close to our wheels. Hermana Westra got a little scared and made a sharp turn right into my bike and I tumbled to the ground. I’m sure the lady drinking mate on her porch had a good laugh! Luckily, I didn´t hit my head and just have a few battle wounds on my elbows and knees! 

Also! It is officially rain season in Argentina! It rains pretty much on a daily basis and I love it! Well, mostly haha. The other day we were riding in a huge storm and we went to a neighborhood that is "more humble" let’s say. And there were RIVERS IN THE STREET! Legit rivers. I was literally knee deep in water. My only regret is that I didn’t have my camera to take pictures! But I’m sure that wasn’t the last storm so stay tuned for pictures to come! 

BUT WAIT THERES MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We met a crazy 83 year old man named Segundo who has a 26 year old girlfriend.  What a player.

Other than that, I am loving all the crazy adventures my mission has to offer! More than anything, I love the people! I find myself constantly thinking and praying for them. I desire their happiness and I know that true happiness only comes through Jesus Christ. There are so many things in the world that give us happiness....but it aint real. Don’t be tricked friends. Bueno, I too find joy in food and naps and hiking and skiing and all that jazz but TRUE, LASTING JOY only comes through Jesus Christ! Never forget that. 

I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is the only true church and the only church that will bring us back to our Heavenly Father with our families forever. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and can be applied in our everyday life. So grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ and His infinite love and sacrifice! 

Once again, I am in some creepy cyber so sorry for no pics! But thank you so much for all your love and support! 


♥ Hermana Mann

PS - God still loves you even if you are ugly (wise words from Hermana Westra)