Thursday, December 17, 2009


Another fast-email day.

Something that Elder Bednar taught in a talk I once saw and that he emphasized when he came to speak to us missionaries here: The most common question he´s asked is ¨How do I know if it´s the Spirit talking, or if it´s just me?¨ His response: Quit worrying! Just be a good girl/boy and do good. Spiritual promptings are not always earth-shaking. Sometimes they´re far from it. If something entices to do good, just do it without worrying about whether you´re making it up.
I loved that.

So hey! Everything´s happy-go-lucky here in Argentina. the song ¨Simply havin´a wonderful Christmas time...¨ just came on. I love this song! I´m gonna go try and sing some nice Christmas hymns now.

I love you!

Hermana Lindquist

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Today! Today! Woooork while you may...

So I have a woppin´ 10 minutes-ish today. Woohoo! Happy late Thanksgiving everyone!! I hadn´t realized the day had arrived until a random Elder wished me a happy Dia de Gracias. It was quite the surprise. I cannot get over how quickly time goes here. It is indeed the Lord´s time, and just like Him, His time marches on. It´s a happy thing when we use His time for His purposes though. A VERY happy time, actually. I love it!

I spoke in church yesterday. Oh wow! Yesterday was a rain-a-thon here in Burzaco. I broke my booties! They are now sole-less. Ha! Get it? Of course you do. You wish you didn´t though. But anyhoo, we didn´t have light in Church, but the rain let up enough that one could here the speakers at least. Really, we had a fabulous meeting. The Spirit was so strong. That tends to happen when people make sacrifices in order to keep their commitments. Coming to church yesterday was not easy for any of the few who came, but we all knew that coming was the right thing to do, so we did it, and BAM! Blessings and understanding and joy poured down on the Saints much more abundantly than the waters. Oh I loved it!

I´ve decided to work harder. Ever harder. I tell you what, the more you exhaust yourself in laboring for others, the greater your measure of happiness and zeal for the labor specifically, and life generally. Most especially, I know that for as weak as an individual may be in and of hiself, the strength within that person who recognizes his weakness and relies on the strenth of the Lord is immeasurable. I myself am plain ol´ blah when I try to rely on my own strength. Bueno, I can accomplish some minor, unimportant things of myself, but I know - I know - that when I humble myself and seek the empowering blessing of the Atonement in any and every phase of what I do, I can be the means of accomplishing miracles. I love what Ammon says in Alma 26:12 :
¨Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.¨

This week I´ve thought a lot about what a tremendous blessing it is to be a member of this Church: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There are so many questions people have that can be answered by obedience to the laws of the Gospel. There is such great knowledge and understanding promised to a person who just obeys. Everyday, people ask me questions that I´ve learned the answers to by reading the scriptures and through prayer. However, one of the things I´ve learned (especially from Elder Bednar´s visit last week) is that I can not and should not attempt to answer all their questions. Answers that are fought for and struggled after are better remembered and applied and appreciated than those that are just given. The true teacher is the Spirit and only He can impress a heart and mind with lasting, meaningful truths.
And I know that He does. I know that God the Father lives and loves us. His work and His glory is to bring about our - yours and mine and every other person´s - immortality and eternal life. His Son, Jesus Christ, is the means by which we attain both. Only by His redeeming Atonement (His great sacrifice) can we ¨live after the manner of happiness¨ (2 Nephi 5:27, Mosiah 2:41). That Atonement is accesible to us now in these days because of the restoration of Christ´s power and authority to the Prophet Joseph Smith. There is a Prophet today! There is a man called and endued with power to act in the Lord´s name, interpret His word, lead the Church, and teach the world what things we need to know for our lives. It´s amazing. It´s the key to happiness in this life and success here and in the life to come. Anyone and everyone can and should know this truth, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God´s church, the one true and living church of the one true and living God. Pray to know. Listen to the Spirit.

I love you all and pray for you every day. Keep on smiling and working!

Happy days!!

Hermana Lindquist

Saturday, November 21, 2009

From an Email 11/9/2009

The other day, Hermana Bushman and I were walking toward the railroad tracks and as we were passing by a house, we heard a little voice: ¨Mi abuela vive acá¨. We looked around to find the source of this proclamation. Over on the patio washing his feet was this adorable little boy. We walked back a few paces and asked what he said (to verify that he´d really spoken to us). He repeated: ¨My grandma lives here.¨ My companion and I looked at each other and figured, hey he´s random buy why not. So I looked at him and said, ¨Bueno, can we talk with her?¨ Sure! He skipped toward the front door and called his grandma. Turns out she wasn´t around, but another adult woman was there and we talked a bit with her. Soon, 2 other kids appeared, and before we knew it we were making an appointment to come back and talk some more with the whole family. Since then, we´ve met the dad--who is a less active member that got baptised years ago-- and the grandma --who does, in fact, live there just as the boy had announced for no apparent reason the first day we passed. We´re still in the beginning of this story, but I hope to be able to report a happy ending to you all soon. :)

I just thought that was pretty neat.

I have a bout 2 minutes left. Bwah! Again, thank you all for everything. That sounds like a generalization, but I am 100% sincere. I love you all and am so humbled to know and be associated with you.


Smile everyone! The Church is true. The work is rolling forward and we have every reason to rejoice. Share happiness and peace with everyone. There´s not a soul who doesn´t need it.

Hermana Lindquist (¨Lind-guisk-ee¨)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Email Received 10/25/09

We had some fabulous lessons this week. We met some beautiful families who we´re going to be working with. Last night, we met with a couple who have three boys and neither they nor their children have ever really been taught about God or religion. However, upon meeting us (in the street) and hearing just a bit of our message about how we are all children of God and how He´s sent us tools to help us be successful in this life, the couple became very intrigued and even eager to learn more. So when we met with them last night, we talked about the Book of Mormon. A member of the ward and her daughter came with us to the visit. That sister´s testimony and her participation were so powerful. Together, we told the couple that Jesus Christ came to the Americas and taught His ¨other sheep¨ here. The man was obviously touched by that. He quickly asked, ¨Well, how does one come to know these thing?¨ He wanted to know how to feel the Holy Ghost. He wanted to know how to gain a testimony. What a blessing it was (and is) to be able to look him in the eye and tell him the answer to his question directly. We know the Book of Mormon is true by the power of the Holy Ghost, which power is felt as we kneel in prayer, in sincerity and faith, even if just with the desire to believe. We read Moroni 10:3-7, talked more, and before we left, we knelt as HE offered the closing prayer - having never consciously prayed before. It was truly a beautiful experience.

And HEY!!! Lindsay got her mission call!!!!! I am SO happy for her. That a´ gal Linz! Rock TX! I can´t wait to hear more. And Sis. Reas, thank you so much for your email. I love you and am so grateful for your support. And yes, I am a HUGE fan of that hymn,

Okay, time´s a´runnin´, but I had a few quick fun things I wanted to run by you all:
Randy! Last week, I was walking down the road and from someone´s backyard, I heard blaring: ¨Tuuurn around, look at what you seee-ee-ee-ee-ee...¨ Neverending Story!
Bev! You know the song ¨When we´re helping we´re happy and we sing as we go...¨ and how the second verse is just ¨tra la la la la...¨? Turns out that in Spanish, instead of ¨Tra la la la¨ it´s ¨Tra ra ra ra¨! Maisy had her mutty little paws in on that translation... I laughed so hard when I heard it though.

Everybody! Thank you again for all your support and prayers. Thank you for helping me want to do and be better. I have so so much to work on, and it´s definitely gonna be work. But knowing that I have such an amazing family really really makes an incredible difference. I don´t know if I´ve ever felt so keenly my love and dependance on you all. Thank you so much. I love you very much. And friends too! Thank you all. Really, I am taken back by how blessed my life has been for the caliber of people I´ve been able to associate with. Dandy folk indeed. :)

Grrrracias! Keep on smiling everyone!

Hna. Lindquist

Monday, October 19, 2009

Greetings From Argentina!


Good news: I´m STILL alive! Isn´t that just lovely. So, my first area is called Burzaco. It´s amazing. My first companion (in the field, that is) is called Hermana Bushman. She´s amazing. Seriously! I have so enjoyed being her trainee. She´s a great trainer. She actually gives me responsibilities and asks for my input and she´s eager to work hard for the lofty goals we set together. I am such a big fan of meeting people on the streets, on the bus, and wherever else we see them. I tell you what, my Spanish background is a tremendous help. I didn´t realize how rare it is for people to come into the mission already knowing the language. My first day here, we ran around the city getting Visa stuff together, and as I was the only Spanish/English speaker, I got to play interpreter for all the fun official stops. On the other hand, my respect foe people who go on missions without knowing the language has grown tremendously. I listen to people who just barely started learning Spanish but are faithfully exercising what little they have in testifying of the Restoration of Christ´s gospel. Kudos to them!

Okay, so Burzaco is what you would get if you mixed parts of La Mesa with parts of Downtown San Diego. It´s really beautiful. The people are so kind. I don´t know if it´s different for elders of not, but when I talk to people, so far just about every single person is willing to listen, and most are willing to set a time to meet again. I had no idea people would be so receptive. No complaints here!

I´m still getting to know the investigators and members, but so far they´ve been fabulous. There are a ton of less active members here, most of which just don´t go because they don´t feel like it. It´s made me want to develop a greater testimony of the importance of weekly Sacrament meeting attendance. If only they could see what a difference it makes to learn in the house of the Lord and to partake of the Sacrament weekly: reminding ourselves of what great blessings the Lord has given us, is giving us, and will give to us in time. The Atonement is the greatest of all. Really, to think of what power the Lord gives us when we come to Him! I feel like I lack so much knowledge - and I mean A LOT - but I so so badly want to learn more and I so badly want to be a good disciple. There is SO MUCH MORE to learn and do. The best consolation I have, though, is that I know the basics to be true. Because I´ve felt the Spirit testify to me that Christ lives, and because I´ve felt His love and lived to see miracles, and because I know that Joseph Smith truly saw Christ the Lord and our Heavenly Father, and because I´ve felt joy and purity and intelligence flow through me while reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon - because I know these simple, basic things, I can trust in the Lord that everything else is true. I can trust that, in time, I will learn all that I desire to know (and especially that which is requisite that I know).

SOOOOOOOOO I HAVE TO DO BETTER! AND I WILL! Thank you all so much for your prayers and your support in whatever form. You have no idea how much I appreciate it. In the MTC, someone taught us to take our times of discouragement and transform them by remembering how many prayers are being offered for us - by children, by family, in the temple, by the Prophet, by strangers even. I pray for my family and friends and many other every day. I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers. Oh! That reminds me of a great story, but I dont have time. Ha! Sorry. :)

Oh! It{s that time! I love you all so much. Thank you very much for everything.


Hermana Lindquist

Monday, October 12, 2009

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Mary has officially left the United States, headed to Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has the brief oppertunity to call and let us know she was leaving before she got on her flight. Be sure to send her letters, the easiest way is by going over to, they will print out and deliver your message via "pouch mail". I am not sure how long it will take to deliver the letters now that she is out of the country but its FREE.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hermana Lindquist!

So, in Mary's last email she let us all know that she moved up to advanced Spanish and in doing so moved up her departure date from the MTC, it had been the end of it is OCTOBER 13th!!! That is just over 2 weeks away!
Mary's new BOX # for the MTC is #96, the rest of the address is the same.

If you haven't done so already, go on over to It is an easy and free way to get messages to Hermana Lindquist.

Here is the letter:

Hello there!
So, you know when missionaries send emails and they always say, "I don't have much time, but...."? Well, that's me now. But hey! I have a few minutes alright!Practical matters:I have been moved to advanced Spanish, meaning the email you received before with my info is wrong. My real info is as follows:I am leaving the MTC (entering the field!!) in about 2 weeks. My departure date is October 13. My MTC mailbox number is 96.Also, turns out that my mission is one of the very few which doesn't require a visa, which is AWESOME because Argentina has been withholding visas or delaying them lately. Which is no fun for people who are going anywhere else in Argentina (I guess Buenos Aires is super special - fine by me!).The MTC is wonderful! I am such a big fan. Amazing blessings and inspiration and clarity come when you're able to devote so much time to studying. There is a ton of studying here. (That's right, 2000 lbs. of studying.) I love learning to listen to the Spirit and learning to let my study be guided by the Lord. Probably the most useful thing to learn.
Ingrid! I know I left you with a bunch of confusing information. Sorry for that. As if I haven't asked enough of you, I'm wondering if you could look through my email account and find the address for the Ninos de Guatemala. The only thing is, that email is probably in Spanish. And actually, I think it's in a facebook message from Guillermo. Don't worry too much about it, but if you *happen* to be rummaging through my personal notes and find that info, I'd be much obliged.
I'm so grateful for this time I have to serve a mission and just as grateful for all of your support. I love our family so much.I didn't bring any of my notes with me to the computer lab, but I should have because there's so much I want to share with you all! I have received so many answers and met many wonderful people and heard/participated in what seems like hundreds of fabulous lessons and talks. Today, we have a General Authority coming to visit. We don't know which one yet though. A few weeks ago Elder Holland was here. He is so popular among missionaries and in missionary work. I mean, the man gets quoted constantly and we review so many of his talks. He's an impressive motivational speaker for missionaries. I know he got me pumped!
My first district and I were like family, and my companions were fabulous (we were a trio). That, however, was in Intermediate Spanish. Yesterday, I moved up to advanced and now I'm with a new district and two new sisters as well. The quickest transfer of my mission, I'm sure. :) I love my new "area" as well and look forward to learning a lot. And yes, I still get to see my old district from time to time. Hooray!Sorry for dwelling so much on the organizational side of what's been going on (and sorry I can't seem to organize my thoughts--there's this timer in the corner of my screen and it's making me anxious). Just want to assure you that there are many people here taking care of me, not the least of which is the Lord Himself. I can tell you that He is so understanding, patient, and merciful. If that weren't the case, the world would have been "burned as stubble" thousands of times by now! Okay, bad reference I guess.
But yeah.TRENTON!! ATHENA!!! AIIIIIDEN! BRELYNN!! I love you all very much. I hope school's going well for Trent and Athena, and that un-school is fun for you two smaller sprouts.I know this church is true. The more I study the first vision, the more I realize how deeply Heavenly Father loves us and how desperately He works (and send others to work) to bring about our salvation and happiness--all summed up in living for Him in eternal life.I love you all! Les quiero tanto.Hasta la proxima vez!

Hermana Lindquist

Monday, September 28, 2009

Mary's 1st Letter Home

Mary sent a letter home from the MTC. I emailed out a copy of it earlier this evening. If you did not receive it and would like to receive it, as well as other Mary related emails, please send me your email address either as a comment on this blog or to my email (

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Contacting Mary

I have no doubt in my mind that Mary would love to hear from everyone, so here is her contact information. Right now she is in the Provo MTC and her address is:

Sister Mary Lindquist
Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission
Provo MTC #86
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604
Mary will be leaving the MTC on November 24th, 2009. Once she arrives in Argentina you can contact her through "pouch mail". It is mailed to Utah and they deliver it to Argentina (much cheaper than sending it straight to Argentina yourself).
***Pouch mail instructions***
You MUST either send post cards or you can send a letter that is a SINGLE sheet, folded into 3 panels and taped at the bottom. NO ENVELOPES!!!
Sister Mary Lindquist
Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission
POB 30150
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150
To send packages to Mary, you will be sending them to the mission office in Argentina. The address is:
Sister Mary Lindquist
Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission
Quintana 447
1846 Adrogue
Buenos Aires
You can also send letters to Mary at a website called
It's a free and easy way to send letters. If you need help with this, let me know.
That's all for now!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

It Starts!

I wanted to get this started as soon as possible and keep it updated as much as possible with the goings on of Sister Lindquist! Sister Lindquist is in the MTC in Provo, Utah. She is preparing for a mission in the Argentina, Buenos Aires South Mission! She reported to Provo on September 23rd and will be serving for 18 months. As I get emails/letters/pictures from her I will be posting them on here as well as emailing them to anyone interested.