Sunday, October 19, 2014

Make Like Luke's Sister, and LEA!

This was on the Salta Argentina Facebook Page :)
love you all and sorry its supppper short this week. i dont have timeeee!!! also this computer is brokesville!! 
so first i want to share the name of one of the barrios here (neighborhood) Aybal. 
pronounced like eyeball hahahhaa i died!!!!

lets see this week was a little odd. insanely fast i cant even get a grip of what day it is!!! were teaching daniel still. hes a little hard to get a hold of but he is awesome! when we teach you can see the Spirit working in his eyes i love it!!!!! its super cool how ah its the truth! as we teach its like the Spirit is testifying to us and him and i love it! did i already share the edified scripture? dyc 50-22 
make like luke´s sister and "LEA!" hahahaha that was a good one! 
hahahaha that means "read" and is pronounced like princess lea hahahha 
anyway after one of the lessons, i felt the Spirit sooo strong. like my chest could burst. 
i felt like liesel in the sound of music weeeeeeeee except i didn't just kiss a nazi. 

also can someone tell me where dexter´s going haha?
the conferencia para las mujeres was rockin!!! we watched in spanish obviously and it was awesome maddy are you going to conference? i will look for you! they always pan the people! haha but yeah it was sooo goood! and President Uchtdorf bajó la caña, no? haha (he was like bam bam bam) haha too good! 

well yall i love it here. we are working a lot with the ward and will continue  to work harder with them.  we're gonna look for more opportuniteis to serve them and strengthen el barrio. but i love this area! and im so glad that i've had this area as a starting point. although i dont like to say it. but it is a very hard area. the people aren't too receptive. but i've learned that that doesn't matter because God has people ready en todo lugar. we just have to find them, and it makes the little things that much sweeter. 

it's interesting there's a lot of menos activos here and people who ´´use´´ the church. i think that that is a big problem everywhere. the gospel en realidad, heals people and so that is why it can be even more appealing to broken people, but the thing is is that once you're healed or helped, you can't put it aside ungratefully. God doesn't require much, but he requires a broken heart and a contrite spirit--humility. we need Him even when we prosper and have our health. we need Him. read helamán 11. it's really good. it talks about a people soo wicked that they're just killing each other and so nefi begs the Lord for a different pestilence so that these people will have humility and remember the Lord. but see what happens. analyze this chapter. personally, i love to analyze it. 
welp, that's all she wrote. (that's the quote, i'm not talking about myself in third person) haha just want that to be clear. 

hows y'alls scripture study going? there is such strength that can be found in the scriptures. i've learned(am learning) to looove the Book of Mormon. right now i absolutely love to read it. in Preach My Gospel it talks about how you can frequently partake of the invitacion at the front of the Book of Mormon and ask God if it´s true. i think that that is a beautiful thing. remember your testimony. strengthen it. these truths are solid, unbreakable, unbendable, unquestionable. nobody can ever tell you that you didn't feel something. also maybe for FHE look up that talk by Elder Holland to pump y'all up for the Book of Mormon and also General Conference! 

oh and Dallin H oaks wrote an awesome quote about note taking. he said that (more elegantly put) don't write word for word what they say. yes there are quotes here and there that are beautifully put, but it is more important what you learn, what you feel. the revelation you receive. and how you choose to respond to the things you hear. (guidance, goals) i love that cuz lots of times im too preocuppied with trying to remember words that i miss out on parts of the talks or in the end when i review my notes i don't remember why i wrote a certain thing. love you all with the white hot intensity of the big hoss tv...if it had a white screen. hahahlove yall
hermana dascanio
{the following week}

ahhh!!! what can i say in 7 minutes!!!! 
the work is great ahhh cnference was fantastic!!!!!!! too powerful no! i take it that we better follow the prophet, no??!! saturday i listened in spanish which was too cooL! there wasn't an option saturday, but i could understand just fine so that was bomb. i'm sure there are details and things that i didnt get so  im looking forward to when it's in the liahona. sunday though was English, so hayy! awesome!!!! ah i loved the talk by elder eduardo gavaret i think where he, habló sobre adonde miraba. y como Jesucristo es la unica persona que nunca olvidó hacia donde mira. me encanta! en todas las cosas, debemos mirar a Dios y solo a Él. habia muchos discursos que me encantó. lo siento que no pude hablar mucho. quiero que sepan que les amo muchísimo. y que yo recibí su paquete! me encanta! tal vez la más mejor cumpleaño!!!!! gracias por todo! especificamente los fotos!!!! ah! por todo en realidad! lilly y niko! sus dibujitos son tan buenos!!! muy bien y muchas gracias! ciao! sepan que estoy orando por ustedes muchísimo. gracias por sus oraciones y apoyo. 
pazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz  amor y cangrejos hahaha
hna dascanio
{this is from last week, mom is FINALLY up to date! Sorry, y'all!!}

over the past little while, i have learned a lot about humility. i think im a pro now. (insert 'datum tss' here) hahahah but in reality it´s true. after the coming of Christ, the Law of Moses was fulfilled and all God desires from then on is a broken heart and a contrite spirit. when you truly think about what that means, it´s powerful. here on earth, we are here to essentially to 5 things. 
1.have faith in Jesus Christ
2. show that faith through repentance
3. baptism
4. receive the gift of the Holy Ghost
5. endure to the end
to progress, we must humble ourselves and accept this plan of His. most of us are in the endure to the end phase. narrow is the way, but sure is the way to eternal life. our guide is as reliable as a guide can be. and here, i"m learning that always we need to humble ourselves and for lack of a better phrase, ´´give the props´´ to God. As missionaries and as members, we are NOT the teachers. it does not matter how skilled   you are with people, talking, sharing feelings, teaching--the Spirit teaches the message through worthy instruments. and recently, i've been realizing more and more that as i get ´´better´´ here in the mision, it is still the Holy Ghost that does everything. everything in this life is about humility. we need to be humble to ask for help yes, but we must be humble to receive the help. i'm not entirely sure where im going with this, but these are just some thoughts and things ive learned recently (am learning). 

hna olazo and i are receiving buckets of references! and it's awesome!!!! and from that, we are finding new investigators. surely the work progresses according to our faith and dilligence. fabricio  recently has been difficult to find. but we found him this weekend and he still has his baptism date for 25 de octubre. he just needs to focus and put forth his efforts. but all is well!! oh yeah the bishop told us 1 min before church that the both of us had 10 min talks to give. hahaha too fun. but it went well! 
all i can say is THE GIFT OF TONGUES/THE SPIRIT :) haha 

also, i want to give a part of my testimony that God knows us and understands us perfectly. He understands how we think, the way we feel, and He personally has felt that way before. He has overcome all for us that we might humble ourselves and accept Him as necessity. Let us never mistake His plan of infinite mercy, for reasons to not act now. we must humble ourselves because we need Him now. 

also, were gonna have a conferece for just the hermanas. 
can you say ROAD TRIP!?! (legally blonde hahhahah)

also mom can you send a recipe for chocolate chip cookies. the normal awesome one of dads! por favor! everyone here worships chocolate chip cookies hahhaha one family came up to me and was like do you know the american cookie with little chocolates?? do you know how to make them? hahaha we'll see! sorry ya got stuck with this gringa! hahahaha
love you all un monton!
more than heffalumps love woozles
hna dascanio

Oh It Was Beautiful! Hermoso! Lindo!


[photo not included as we don't have permission to put up a picture of little Clarita. Just imagine a beautiful, smiling little girl with an every smilier Hermana Dascanio and Olazo] 
so when you see the foto im sure the first thing youre thinking is ´´hermana dascanio, how is your hair so luxuriously smooth? you didnt bring your straightener??´´ well first, thank you for the compliment, and second, i have a fshion secret for you!!! i IRONED MY HAIR! hahaha my hair is indecisive and didnt know if it was straight or curly, so i put my head on the ironing board and ironed it! dont worry, it was on silk, (cuz my hair is silky soft hahah) turns out that that didnt work and after i love tapped my head with the iron, hna olazo helped me in a more civilized manner and ironed my hair! hahaha and it works! kids dont try this at home!!! hahaha

oh it was beautiful. hermoso! lindo! and Clarita looked like a little angel!!! something really cool happened (lots of things but here's one) so i was to give the talk before the baptism and i had it all written out becuase of the language barrier and yada yada and so i started and it was really dificult to talk. i kept losing my place as i was reading and i dont know it didnt feel right. but i had a moment where in my head i pictured Kronk shoulder angels and i was like, Am i going to submit to this fear or am i going to buckle down and trust in the promise of doctrine and covenants 100:4-8? 
[it talks about how you will know in the precise moment what to say and that the Spirit will testify of your words] 
 and so i looked up into the crowd and opened my mouth and went off. and was talking and talkng and it was about things that i wasn't planning on saying. and most importantly el papa de clarita was paying a ton of attencion and was nodding his head and had tears in his eyes! i was talking about baptism por claro, pero after about how the gospel blesses the families and changes the hearts of people. it was beautiful the moment!!! afterwards, the ordinance was hermosa!!! and he wsa crying a ful!!! oh you all i cant describe it! and capslocks really stress me out so im not doing them too much but yeah it was the greatest thank you so much for your prayers!!!!!! and fe!!! y esperanza!!!

okay can i just say that 
1. briggs is a little man! and 
2. that that is the greatest that he baptized his friend!!!! ah!!!!!i  am sooo proud briggs!!! you are such a good man and so strong. i've always admired that you've never been hesitant to talk about the gospel with others. way to go!!!!!!! ahhH!!!! so proud!!!!!! 

real quick shout out to nana! como esta!!!!! nana banana!!!! 
now I'm hungry--not that i want to eat you nana, just like banana bread or something... 
that escalated quickly... haha i love you!!!

so the work. the work is awesome and me and hna olazo work really well together. she is teaching me so much about how to me more bold and teach with better unity. she trusts me a lot to talk and ah its awesome! we work well together!!!! 

so mom i have to tell you somehting. i can make my hands sweaty and dry on command. and its really weird and ask maddy or scooter or momi to testify! and so i was doing it cuz its fun and we were walking like pioneers and then i pictured a conversation between you and me. i know you are thinking ´´why ever would you want to make your hands sweaty?´´ ´´so i can dry them´´ hahaha dwight!!!!

lets see. life is awesome!!!! i dont know what to say!!

fabricio right now is a little bit difficult to find. i think that his grandma is having some influence because there was a problem when we said that we don't worship the saints and the virgin. we tried to explain how they are great people and we admire Mary a lot for her obedience to God but it says in the commmandments that we dont worship any other gods but after that, he's been hard to find. speed bump nothing more. were praying for him. 

OH HEY! so after the baptism, like the day could get better we were walking and it was 9:15 and so we were like hmmm where to go cuz we need to be in the pensión by 930 unless we're in a lesson then its 10 and so i felt strongly to visit this one investigadora that we haven't visited in a while and so we went and her son answered the door and we almost were like, oh okay we´ll return in other moment but we asked if we could share the message with him and he said yes! and said that he wants to become closer to Christ and we had one of the most spiritual lessons ever!!! and he acccepted a fecha to be baptized 18 de octubre!!!!!! THIS IS THE BEST WORK IN THE WORLD GOZO TENGO GOZO EN MI ALMA SIEMPRE!!!
ah too good.
well im gonna try to respond to some peeps (not the marshmallos)
peace punch captain crunch
thanks for all the support always 
love you all also mom hna garibay says that youre beuatiful :)
then she said that we´re twins.. so double yay hahaha
yall are the bomb diggity 5000
love hna dascanio
ps watch your conference for women or whatever its called!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Between my PhD in Sound Effects and my MBA in Charades, It's All Good

[three weeks of letters in one because mama is slow to post]
ah! so i dont have a bunch of time, but how are yall! thanks for the emails! 
lilly and nick, how was school! yall look super fly!!! hahaha not as scary as ya thought huh! haha love you booos!!!! lilly and nick WRITE ME ABOUT SCHOOL. 5 lines at least!!!! 

so this week was bomb diggity! we worked a bunch! and ahh milagros! so were working with vilma and she's progressing well but hasn't been to church the last 2 or 3 weeks! she knows everything but thinks she's not ready for baptism and so that's why she doesnt want to ask God if it´s true cuz she KNOWS THE ANSWER SHE´LL RECEIVE! haha well we´ll work with her pray for her! herman a musmano and I have been trabajando a ful con los menos activos!!!!! as you know, we have a trillion and six and so we´re walking all over salta finding and trying to help everyone!!!!! 
nuestra lema!!! haha 
but anyway, some of the menos activos that we have been working with, we´ve had SUCH PROGRESS!!! we are finding doubts and settling them like no other! its awesome! course when i say we i mean that we´ve had a toooon of help [cough cough(points up)] 
no, it´s not a baptism for the mission cuz she´s 8 and her mom is  a member, but who cares! i don't care about numbers cuz she´s getting baptized!!!! 13 de septiembre!!!! AAHHHHHHHH! so awesome! i don't think i used enough capitals in this story but i dont have time to fix it so just picture hammy from Over the Hedge and read it in his voice, couple it with alma 26, and thats how i feel!!!!! 
but yeah. our barrio [ward] is flourishing! this work is sooo great. asistencia [attendance]was at about 70 and now its at about 100!!!!!!!!!! i know its not me or hermana musmano but we are seeing the fruits of our labors!!!! tal vez right now not through baptisms and mucho progress with our investigators but we are doing everything we can and by His grace, it´s sufficient. 
thats me and hna musmano´s lema! love you all! 
** bought me some more apple candy juice **
1. i dont have time to write anyone i only have a little bit to write this letter and to presidente chaparro. 
2. because we've been a the bus station like half the day and hasta 2 in the morning yesterday. hermana musmano ya fue! [is gone! --transferred] a santiago de estero! aka the hottest place in the world! pobrecita! 
and so i have a new companion! que loco! 
se llama [her name is] hna olazo! like ´´oh i forgot my lasso!´´
 that's literally how i'm remembering it! 
pardon my do. just got all showered.. ahahha this is me and hermana olazo!

thanks for all your emails i haven't read them but know that they are cherished! sorry! 
let's see MILAGROS! 
so, the elders in our barrio baptized saturday!!! a guy named neri! hes 22 i think and awesome! it was soooooooooo awesome!!!!! ah!"!!! also we found this family, she was a contact on the collectivo (bus) and shes 25 and has 3 kids AND IS MARRIED!! por fin!!! and they all are listening and interested!! seriously it is the greatest thing to have them! actually listening and a whole family sitting at a table!!!! 
ALSO THE BAPTISM OF CLARITA IS SATURDAY!!! and she´s suuuper excited i wish i could elaborate more cuz this is awesome stuff but i don't have time!!!!!! 
so just read this with the voice of Ty Pennington- the guy from Extreme Home Makeover- MOVE THAT BUS!!! 
We we're fasting right and i was just like fasting and praying with all my everything just like, please, we are literally working as hard as we can. if it´s Thy will, can we have a baptism? cuz i know there are people waiting. 
and so, we went to church and it was great, and this kid 13 yrs old was there, fabricio. 
and he found us 
and told us that he wants to be baptized!!!!! 
there have been a whole slew of kids that come to our Family Home Eveings as a ward on friday nights and they're always a little rowdy and sweaty and playing futbol, but they do always listen and this friday i just had this feeling put ´´IGLESIA 930-1230 DOMINGOS AQUI!´´ on the board after our lesson and he came!!! and wqe were so shocked and like whaaaa!"!!! are how do you feel like talk to us! and he was like i prayed to ask God and i received an answer and i feel good in this church and i told my mom and she said ´´so you want to be a mormon´´ and i said yes! HOW AWESOME! IVE GOTTA GHO BUT WERE GONNA BAPTIZE HIM AND HIS FAMILY WE HAVE A CITA CON EL IN AN HOUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! a
love you all. preserverar hasta el fin!!
dont ever underestimate the power of God. People always say that anothing is impossible with God, but the reality is is that nothing is difficult for Him either. a little change of prospective has helped me loads! ah this is the greatest!!!!! 
also hna musmano told me that i talk in my sleep and its spanglish hahaha and that she thinks i was teaching ahahha
oh and hna olazo said that she saw me in her dream like 4 days ago and i was talking with her hahaha 
love you all! oh and thanks zenny! i got your letter today!!!! glad youre well and im sure you are just as excited as maddy2! hahaha 
lvoe you all! dont forget to pray
montañas y montañas de bendiciones
hermana dascanio

well. this week was bomb! we received word from the presidency of the church that now we need to teach leccion 5 before baptism! thats like missionary work, temples, marriage eternal, sacerdocio and thinhgs like that. so we had to postpone the baptsim of clarita until this saturday but its all good cuz the important thing is that she´s ready!!!! she is sooo excited and oh my goodness prescious! we gave her invitations so that she can invite friends and family and its the cutest and best thing in the world!!!! fabricio has such strong desires to be baptsimed and we talked a lot with his mom and she has full support, says that he needs spiritual guidance and that if he wants this then it´s all good. that was good to hear, but we want her to listen too!! so were still working with them a bunch! fabricio has a lot of problems in his home life and so were praying a lot for him, knowing that there will be obstacles to deter him achieving this desire and great choice of his. oh and hey! we received a referencia from his mom for his cousin, facundo who is 13 and smokes and really needs help. and so we went there not knowing what to expect. we got there and he answered the door and yada yada he let us in and his 18 yr old sister was there too and we had the GREATEST LESSON EVER!! ah it was de 100!!!! the Spirit was sooo strong! and you could see in their eyes the Spirit testifying and edifying! ah too cool! theres a scripture in dyc i dont remember where right now but it talks about teaching the gospel and how if you teach with the Spirit, both are edified and wow too cool! he accepted the invitation to be baptized and when we told fabricio, he almost cried! he was worriying a lot about his cousin! and the sister asked us WHEN CAN I COME TO YOUR CHURCH? how sick is that!!!! she does have a strong catholic background that later pulled her back cuz she has commitments with the Catholic church, but vamos a ver! ah it was too cool! 
hna olazo is soooooo awesome!!! shes from peru and shes 28! que vieja! hahaja jk and shes the sweetest person ever! she was baptised when she was 20 and only her and her dad and one out of 5 hermanos is baptized! and yeah she has already taught me sooo much. to answer your question, dad yes! hermana musmano was great. she taught me sooo many things. she was a great mama! 
the weather right now is psychotic. it changes drastically..... no comment on that word... hahaha in the morning and in the day and night, which keeps my awesome small talk of weather highly relevant hahaha i feel like as of recently, my spanish is a ton better. im communicating pretty much just fine. im still horrendous at telling stories, but between my phd in sound effects and my mba in charades, it´s all good hahahaha but yeah right now its genuinely hard to write in english and im thinking in spanish!!!!!!!! aka i dont have many thoughts ahhaha jk its awesome! anywho..... that is the coolest thing ever about the friend of briggs and dexter!!!! ah ! reading that i was like ahhhHHHHHH!HH!H!H! teary and all" shout out briggs! youre the greatest!!! 
o real quick the worst thing happened sunday! i had to lead the hymns but i was told 30 seconds before the hymn started and i wsa like oh=kay i got this. then when i was up there i was like, wait, i dont know what hymn this is, so i didnt know how to start it and [spoiler alert] most of the hymns in spanish vary a little in tune at parts and this one did a ton and not to mention I DONT KNOW HOW TO LEAD 3/4!! ay twas horrendous! cuz the congregation didnt know the hymn either and so they were looking at me and i was looking at them like WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME?? swaying my arm in oblong circles aye it ws horrible. funny afterwards. a little. lets just say that its a good thing that your salvation doesnt depend on your ablility to lead a hymn. or id be goin down. hahaha
love you all! 
ps someone stole my bag! luckily it was empty! unluckily i just bought it cuz my bag broke! haha 
oh wait mom that was the greatest that quote you sent me i forgot to tell you! ah! ps, all yall read 1 pedro 3 12-18 its the bomb especially v 15. never fear never falter anything that you lose in behalf of Christ, will be repaid. also ah the Atonemente! i could go on but ive got to go! read and analize as a family!!!!! the mercy! the grace! it really is beautiful! ive decided that the gospel is just beautiful --it may or may not be my time of the month therefore i may be a little more sensitive now cuz all week long ive almost cried at scriptures" its beautifuL!!!!
love yall 
paz yy bendicionesssssss
hna dascanio

oh and yes i can and have been receiving the photos thanks!!!! nick is boss rockclimbing!!!