Monday, May 29, 2017

Loco for Locro

May 29, 2017

Wow!  What a great week!  We are seeing so many miracles here in Limache as we are trying our best to be obedient.

·       We were in Centro walking around and a man asked in broken English “Hello friend.  You need a shoe shine no?”  jajaja  I know my missionary shoes are ugly but was that really necessary?
·       Trying to find people to teach, Hermana Norman and I were knocking on doors and this lady opened the door.  Her excuse:  “Sorry, I’m alone.”  But we could clearly see people behind her.  Cool!
·       We had a ward activity this week and so we were inviting anyone and everyone.  We gave an invitation to an old grandpa and he asked, “Are you two (me and Hermana Norman) going to go?”  Yes…  “Are y’all single?”  Ummm, Yes…. “Of course I’ll go!  I would love to eat with two beautiful women!”  Thanks grandpa!
·       One lady in our ward promised she would make hamburgers if we wanted and of course we want.  So we had a very awkward phone call – “Hola, we have been thinking about your hamburgers a lot….”
·       As a missionary, you are supposed to talk to everyone.  I love to talk but still struggle with Spanish but I have been saying, “Hola!  Buen dia” to everyone we pass all day long for the past month.  Hermana Norman decided to tell me this week that I have been saying, “Hello!  Good morning” to people at 8:00 at night.  That probably explains all the strange looks I have got – that and my fair skin.
·       13 year-old girl’s prayer:  “Please bless my dad that he can work a lot and make a lot of money and if not I will kill him.”
·       We had a ward activity this week and there was locro – a traditional Argentine soup.  It takes about 7 hours to cook (no joking) and it has to be stirred constantly.  The members were saying that there were pig feet and a whole bunch of other fun “meat” in the soup.  Let’s just say this fancy locro did not settle well in my stomach J

·       This week I had the opportunity to go on splits with the Hermana capas (sister training leaders).  I got to spend the day in Vincinte Sola with Hermana Ureña.  I didn’t realize how safe and rich my area was until I was in this area.  I met a lot of humble families who have an incredible amount of faith in God.  It was a little hard for me to see this kind of poverty but it also strengthened my testimony that if we keep the commandments, the Lord will bless us.  There is one family that all lived in one small bedroom without heater/air conditioner and no bathroom (still don’t know how they use the bathroom).  However, when they heard about the gospel of Jesus Christ, they tried their faith and were baptized.  Since their baptism, the Lord has blessed them with so many things and they have been able to add onto their home – still have no bathroom though.  It was a great experience to meet this family and be strengthened by their faith.
·       One of our investigators, Mateo, is progressing really well towards baptism.  He is only 9 years old but he has the most sincere prayers.  He told us yesterday that he wanted to go on a mission but he wanted his mom to be his companion.  Me too dude!  Anyway, he is super excited for his baptism but has a hard time attending church, so please keep Mateo in your prayers so he can have the strength to go to church!
·       This week I finished The Book of Mormon!  Woohoo!  I love The Book of Mormon so much and know without a doubt that it is true.  I receive so much strength and can truly feel the Lord’s love when I read.  I took the Moroni challenge (pray with all my heart, and ask God if the book is true) and let me tell you.  It doesn’t matter how many times you have read and prayed about it.  God will manifest the truth again and again through the power of the Holy Ghost.  Now I get to read in Spanish with my family in Nebraska – distance doesn’t break our family scripture study. 

This week I was able to study a lot about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  I will never fully comprehend the capacity of the Atonement but the more I study, the more grateful I am for the sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  I really like a scripture in 3 Nephi 9:13 “return unto me….that I may heal you.”  I testify that is true.  He knows from experience how to heal and help us.  We only need to have the faith and be patient in His timing.  I am so grateful for my Savior and His infinite Atonement.  I know that it is only through Jesus Christ that we can return to the presence of our Heavenly Father.
Thank you for the prayers and support!

♥ Hermana Mannewitz

Argentine photo shoot
bought myself a frying pan
check out my shoes!

classic 7th grade mirror selfie
We got to be the judges for the dessert competition!!!!
Argentine dancers
taking a bus to Stake Conference woohoo
bus selfie
made this cake thing.  idk but it was real good

SOS and Suenos

May 22, 2017

They aren’t lying when they say that weeks feel like days and days feel like weeks.  Here we meet again.

·       Made my first (and definitely not last) empanadas!  I will teach you all when I get back.
·       Hermana Norman got sick this week and I asked her what she thought she had and she said, “I think I have epilepsy.”  Turns out she just has an infection in her throat, but epilepsy is a close second.
·       On our way to the doctor’s office we were on the bus but we had no idea where we were.  We were the last ones on the bus, alone in the back, when suddenly Jonas Brothers started playing on the radio (SOS).  It was the weirdest thing because it was all Spanish music before that, but of course we sang along.
·       I saw the smallest midget I’ve ever seen in my life.  Literally 2 ½ feet tall at most.
·       There is a secret lemon pie competition going on in the ward and Hermana Norman and I are the judges.  One family made us lemon pie and we were telling the Caceres family how yummy it was.  Then Hermano Caceres said his was better and then made us some lol

·       I had my first district meeting this week and it was great!  We talked about the importance of diligence in the work.
·       Last week when I was downloading pictures, a virus attacked my camera.  I know this is not that big of a deal, but I was freaking out.  So I said a prayer, asking my Heavenly Father to help fix my camera and help me focus on the work.  Let me tell you, Heavenly Father cares about the little things.  We were able to identify the problem and focus on our investigators.
·       I have been having lots of dreams here in Argentina and they are normally about my family and friends from home so I normally wake up a little anxious and homesick.  One night I prayed and asked Heavenly Father to please bless me with mission dreams and I totally had mission dreams.  Lots of our investigators were in my dream.  Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers!
·       We had ward council with the stake presidency this weekend and the topic was “Why are we not having any baptisms in this ward?”  Awkward.  It was a little harsh but now I feel motivated to work even harder and gain the trust of our members.

This week I was reading the First Presidency message in the Liahona and I really liked this scripture:
“The just shall live by faith.”  Romans 1:17
Dieter F. Uchtdorf added, “We are guided and directed by our faith.  We act in a manner that is consistent with our faith out of a confident and sincere love for our God and for the priceless wisdom He has revealed to His children.”  I add my testimony to his.  Our Heavenly Father loves us so much.  Jesus Christ lives and through Him we can have faith in Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness for us!
Have faith.  Have hope.
Live like His Son.
Help others on their way.

Love you all!
Hermana Mannewitz

PS  - Hermana Norman and I got asked to sing during ward conference today – dream come true!!  We were practicing every day until he called us and said “Never mind, you have been replaced.”  Dreams crushed!  And guess who replaced us?  Himself!  How rude!

District photo
Dinner and a movie
Made my first empanadas!
When you are the last on the bus and you have no idea what you are doing....
Secret lemon pie competition
Dessert empanadas!  I think I'm gonna like it here!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cat Calls and Kittens

May 15, 2017
Another great week in Salta!  Thank you so much for the constant prayers and support.  I know I say it a lot but I am truly so grateful.

More information about Salta:
·       Argentines take siesta hour (more like siesta hours) very seriously.  WE normally have our daily studies during siesta hour, but this week we couldn’t and no one would answer the door because they were all sleeping.  And they also don’t go to bed until like 1:00 AM – sounds like my kind of schedule.
·       You know how I said they give us a lot of food…I’M NOT KIDDING!  They serve huge lunches and then always have a delicious dessert to top it off.  I’ve got to start taking my exercise time more seriously.
·       Spanish update:  it’s getting better every day.  I can understand everything my companion says and about 40% of what the natives are saying.  But I know that I am receiving divine help every day.

·       Bought my first mug and I am HAPPY about it.
·       One lady we were teaching threatened to spray her dog with perfume because he wouldn’t leave us alone.
·       We were eating dinner with the Medina family and the oldest son ate 8 hot dogs…EIGHT!
·       There is a group of girls we have been teaching and we asked them if it was okay with their parents that they were talking to us and one girl said, “No, my mom said you steal children.”  Ummm no – we invite others to come unto Christ but close.
·       Saw a man carrying a dead pig on his back.  Probably ate that pig for lunch today.
·       Men here are crazy about blondes.  So many times they roll down their windows, whistle, and yell “Hermosas.”  Thank you!  This other person was riding a horse and asked “Can I give you a ride?”  Ummm, I’m a missionary but that was v. kind of you.  Do you want to know more about Jesus Christ?  So pretty much my 10 days here in Salta have consisted of cat calls and kittens and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

·       I had my first zone conference this week.  It was so nice to be united and re-motivated on how important the work of salvation is. 
·       The mission transition has not been easy.  I often feel anxious and overwhelmed and think about my family a lot.  But I know I am supposed to be here in Argentina so I asked an Elder for a priesthood blessing and it was just what I needed.  I know that the blessing came from my Heavenly Father and the Elder was just the mouthpiece.  Priesthood power is so real.
·       The Caceres family is a miracle in the mission field.  They live right below us if we ever need anything!  Plus they are always making food so I am super grateful for them.
·       We have a baptism this Saturday!  We have been teaching a 14 year-old boy named Matias and it is so cool to watch the gospel change his life.  So excited!
·       Holy cow!  I can’t believe that I graduated one year from today!  So many things have happened since then – memorable summer, first semester, and now I’m in Argentina!  This truly testifies that Heavenly Father has a plan for me.  Sometimes I act in blind faith wherever He leads me but overall, I know that Heavenly Father knows and loves His children.
·       Ahhh Mother’s Day was the best.  I got to skype with my family and it was just absolutely the best.  It was so nice to speak English but also to hear the voices of my family – the people I miss the most.  Now I feel super ready to work hard and dedicate myself to the salvation of God’s children.  Until Christmas <3
·       Favorite scripture of the week (mostly because now there is a chocolate stain on that page because I was doing my favorite thing – eating chocolate and reading my scriptures).  Anyways, my favorite scripture gets a shout out to Lizzy because she was so kind to remind me of this powerful scripture:

“My grace is sufficient for thee:  for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  2 Corinthians 12:9

I am so happy to be here in Argentina and to be serving God’s children.  I am so grateful that I get to learn a new language and be humbled in the process.

Love you all!  Be happy!
Hermana Mannewitz

When members give us "candy" but it's gross so you casually hide it in your coat pocket
Bagged milk.  Trying to have a positive attitude but it looks like I'll be on a diet from milk for the next 16 months
Hermana Norman - did I mention I read her blog before I left so now I feel like I am meeting a famous person

So, so, so good to see Hermana Tolson
My very first self-timered zone picture
All of the newbies of the mission that are in our zone
Grido Helado is the best - way better than American ice cream!

Having arroz con leche as a snack - call me an Argentine

So excited to skype my fam that I broke open my bag of Cadbury eggs - the last ones for 16 months
Leaving this cute fam for 18 months so I can help others learn how they can be with their family for eternity

Friday, May 19, 2017


May 8, 2017

Hola from Argentina!  I can’t believe I am actually here in Argentina serving a mission.  Literally every morning I wake up and ask myself “wait, where am I?”  It’s the best!  I love being a missionary.

·       I am currently serving in Limache Salta Deste and I love it.  The members are great and there is a lot of work to be done. 
·       My trainer is Hermana Norman and I love her already!  She is from Utah so she speaks English (woohoo).  She has been in the mission for 11 months so she is an expert!  Im so excited to share the next 3 months with her.
·       There are dogs everywhere!  EVERYWHERE!  Big dogs, little dogs – every breed you can imagine.  And they don’t have homes.  They just wander around everywhere.  The past three nights there has been a dog that barks so loud at 2 am for a solid hour.  Pretty sure my companion is about to kill this dog.
·       If you know me, you know that I like all food except peas.  Well, lucky me, there has been peas in every meal so far J
·       People are crazy drivers!  I don’t know if they have laws for the road but if they do, no one follows them.  And there are so many motorcycles and they are fearless.  They whip around corners and drive in between cars.  It’s crazy.
·       My area is actually super nice.  We have warm water which is such a big blessing!  The houses are pretty poor but the people do a good job keeping them mostly clean – like they wash their driveway on a daily basis.  It’s weird.
·       Whoever said I would fit in is wrong.  I stick out so much!  One boy asked me if I was from China!  Jajaja
·       So much food!!  Everyone knows that I love to eat but seriously, they give us so much food and I try to eat all of it to be nice but I always feel like I’m gonna throw up after.  Esta bien.
·       Still getting used to the culture of the women – every time you see them we kiss on the cheek and give a hug.  I like my personal space so this is taking some getting used to.
·       After 35 hours of travel and lots of preparing in the MTC, I really am so grateful to be here.

Chistosos (funny things)
·       You know how I said people on motorcycles are crazy?  Well we saw a lady BREASTFEEDING her baby and DRIVING a motorcycle!  Yup!  Okay!
·       Since I am brand new here, all the members kindly give me a hard time.  During almuerzo with a family, the lady went to the fridge to get dessert and brought me back a hard-boiled egg.  Being nice, I said “Oh Thank You” and then everyone laughed and I was v. confused.
·       Hermana Norman and I were visiting this old lady and she couldn’t stop staring at me because I’m so white (Hermana Norman has darker skin and darker hair).  She kept touching my face and saying “Que Rubia.” How blonde.  Thanks!  Another old lady told me that I looked like a kitten and then tickled under my neck.  Cool.  J
·       A man opened the door in a bathroom towel.
·       Hermana Norman y I were trying to find people we could talk to and we started talking to this man and he said, “I am the devil and I am God.  And God is black.”  Okay byeeee
·       We were talking with another lady and when we said we were from the United States, she said very angrily “USA is the WORST!”

Milagros (miracles)
·       On one of my first days here, we were casually walking in the street and I found 500 pesos.  My companion said that was a lot of money and I trust her so YAY!  Tender mercy from the Lord.
·       After being rejected again, I was feeling a little discouraged and then a cute little yellow butterfly flew by.  This was such a great blessing for me.  It reminded me of my sweet friend Erin.  I know she is looking out for me in Argentina.
·       The Medina Family is the best!  We have dinner with them every Friday and they are like my mission family already.  Their house is so clean which of course is my favorite.  Hermano Medina has this painting van car thing and he is so kind to pick up our investigators for church.  One of our investigators is in a wheelchair so we just sit in the back with her and we pick up everyone we see on the way to church.  I think I counted 13 people in the car on Sunday.
·       I bore my testimony in Spanish at church and the people could understand me I think!  They said I am doing really good for only being here for a couple of days.
·       Not gonna lie.  The mission is hard!  Especially when you are learning a new language.  Sometimes I feel invisible because I don’t talk and struggle to listen but I am learning more and more each day. 
Anyway, I find a lot of comfort in this scriptrure:
“Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”  I Corinthians 2:9
The only way to win is to lose.  Lose yourself in the Lord’s work and you will win beyond your wildest imaginations (okay now I just sound like Napolean Dynamite.  Sorry ‘bout it)
Thank you so much for the love and support!  Keep the prayers coming – I need them now more than ever before.  LOVE YOU ALL!

Hermana Mannewitz

Bye Savannah!  Love you!!!
Ready for our overnight flight to Argentina
Breakfast in a box!
First selfie of South America
Ignore my outfit that I wore for two days straight!
Love Hermana Tolson so much!

First Argentine snack
Los montanos
With my companion!  Sister Norman
Presidente and Hermana Chaparro
Cleanest it will ever be
No bucket showers
Best room in the apartment!
The kitchen
Outside our apartment
The whole gang in the back of Hermano Medina's car.  This is the lady that thought I was a cat.  Jajaja
First mate.  Straight garbage.  Still memorable tho
Using our resources
First battle scars of the mission

Thanks volleyball!
P-day:  volleyball and food

Pday:  volleyball and food