Monday, July 26, 2010

Feliz lunes!

Some late, some early, but all from my heart:
Feliz aniversario Randy and Katie!
Feliz cumpleaños Trenton!
Feliz cumpleaños Athena!

Excerpt from letter to Pres. Stapley:

^...Tonight we have 3 Noches de Hogar lined up, 2 of which are teaching investigators in the homes of members and the other will have a member present. The members here are terrific, and their influence on their neighborhoods is tremendous. We have found some wonderful people to teach who received us initially because of some friend or acquaintance who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It has greatly strengthened my testimony of the importance of doing the Lord{s work in the home. I love sections 14-16 of the Doctrine and Covenants. There the Lord explains that the thing that will be of most worth to my soul, your soul, anyone{s soul will be to cry repentance. As usual, the home is the place to begin with that. There a person can refine their ability to cry repentance with ^love unfeigned^ and the other characteristics described in DyC121. On the mission, I know that the relationship between me and my companion is very important, in our little pension-home. Fortunately I have the best companion in the world. Makes it kinda nice! She and I have made some very important goals together, and we{re really working on each of the mission focuses and values. Thank you for your counsel and for help...^

So yeah! With the arrival of the new President came the new mission focuses and values. They're lovely!

Enfoques de la Mision Buenos Aires Sur: El Amor, El Espiritu, La doctrina de Cristo, La obediencia, y el manual Predicad Mi Evangelio. (Focuses of the Buenos Aires South Mission: Love, the Spirit, the Doctrine of Christ, obedience, and the manual Preach My Gospel.)

Valores que establecen nuestra manera de trabajar para alcanzar la excelencia: Ser feliz, Tener Pasion, Ayudar a otros tener exito, Mejorar continuamente, Ser trabajador(a). (Values that establish our manner of working towards excellence: Be happy, have passion, help others be successful, improve continually, be a hardworker.)

For a good study, read the Bible Dictionary definition of ^Miracles.^ What miracles do you need? want? What miracles can you bring about for someone else today? If you don't know, pray to find out! The Lord knows, and He'll make use of anyone who wants to be useful.

Does anyone want anything in particular from Argentina? Lemme know!

Keep on prayin^ and playin^!....they{re far from mutually exclusive. :)

I love you all! I love you mucho! I love you all mucho! Mil gracias por su apoyo durante otra linda semana. Que la pasen tranquilo.

Hermana Lindquist

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hi ev´rybahdy!

To: "Ingrid Smith" I loooooooove Argentina. It just gets more and more, well, Argentine!

Elder Uchtdorf´s talk ¨You are My Hands¨ really touched me as I read this morning of the life of the Savior and the good that He did, the completely self-less love He had and showed for all people. I don´t think we could ever emphasize enough the importance of following Jesus Christ´s example - in simple things and great. I want so badly to do as He did and be as He was. I know its possible, even now, to be as He is. To every man, woman, and child the Lord extends the promise of a ¨fulness of joy; and ye shall sit down in the kingdom of my Father; yea, your joy shall be full, even as the Father hath given me fulness of joy; and ye shall be even as I am, and I am even as the Father; and the Father and I are one¨ (3 Nephi 28:10). Think of what a great reward it is some days just to be able to sit down in you own home in peace at the end of a long day. Then multiply that by infinity and you still can´t imagine the immense joy and satisfaction that awaits those who may sit down in God´s home - in His kingdom - at the end of this ¨day of life¨ with the promise to ¨go no more out¨ (Alma 29:17, Alm 34:32-33). This is the gift of eternal life. It truly is a gift. And we receive it from Jesus Christ. We cannot appreciate it, however, without passing through mortality. And we cannot pass successfully through mortality without the help of Jesus Christ. His Atonement is His love and His help manifested in action. May we ever manifest our love, our friendship, our desires for good with our actions. We can be true friends to the friendless, comforts to the comfortless, and a great help to all our brothers and sisters. There is not a living soul who does not need someone else´s help. There is not a soul that does not need the Lord´s help. ¨A true friend loveth at all time, and a brother is born for adversity¨ (Proverbs 17:17). Let´s all be friendly brothers!

Elder Uchtdorf relates this story:
¨An old Jewish legend tells of two brothers, Abram and Zimri, who owned a field and worked it together. They agreed to divide both the labor and the harvest equally. One night as the harvest came to a close, Zimri could not sleep, for it didn’t seem right that Abram, who had a wife and seven sons to feed, should receive only half of the harvest, while he, with only himself to support, had so much.
So Zimri dressed and quietly went into the field, where he took a third of his harvest and put it in his brother’s pile. He then returned to his bed, satisfied that he had done the right thing.

Meanwhile, Abram could not sleep either. He thought of his poor brother, Zimri, who was all alone and had no sons to help him with the work. It did not seem right that Zimri, who worked so hard by himself, should get only half of the harvest. Surely this was not pleasing to God. And so Abram quietly went to the fields, where he took a third of his harvest and placed it in the pile of his beloved brother.

The next morning, the brothers went to the field and were both astonished that the piles still looked to be the same size. That night both brothers slipped out of their houses to repeat their efforts of the previous night. But this time they discovered each other, and when they did, they wept and embraced. Neither could speak, for their hearts were overcome with love and gratitude.

This is the spirit of compassion: that we love others as ourselves, seek their happiness, and do unto them as we hope they would do unto us.¨

I love you all very very mucho. Thank you so much for your prayers, for your goodness, and for helping one another. I´m so grateful for my family! They´re the best! High fives and hugs to all!

Hermana Lindquist

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Happy Eric´s birthweek!

Yay Eric!!! You da best! I´ll be sure Argentina celebrates your birth as well. Don´t you worry, I´ll sing to you in the streets. :)

I was thinking about tithing and thought, What if all my thoughts and actions had dollar value? What percentage am I dedicating to the Lord? It should be much more than 10% that´s for sure!

Boom! Hahahahaha. My Peruvian friends here always say ¨Boom!¨ when they´re excited, kind of like some people say ¨Boo-ya!¨

I love the Family Proclamation. The world needs to know these truths! Click here and read, thinking about your own family and personal goals. How can the gospel of Jesus Christ help you reach them? I promise you that it can. I know that the Gospel exists to bless families. As birthday-boy Eric would say, ¨Joy!¨

This week, a faithful investigator suddenly disappeared. His aunt called us to tell he´d moved back home to Chaco - a different province here in Argentina. Quite a shock, as he was preparing to be baptized on July 31. When we were planning, we though about him and what we should do with the plans we´d made. We felt that we should save them and that surely this wasn´t the end. A day or so later, we received a phonecall from the Misión Resistencia. An Elder on the other end of the line informed us that they had found Angel (the investigator) and that he would still be getting baptized on the 31. Turns out Angel´s new neighbor in Chaco had been receiving the missionaries, and when Angel moved in, she invited Angel to meet the missionaries. They met him, he informed them he needed to get baptized, and they called us to fill us in. What a relief and a blessing! Angel is in for some very happy times as the Lord keeps being a part of his daily life. You just can´t get away from the truth! :)

I hope you all had a fantastic 4 of July. Argentina celebrated her independence on the 9th. From what I understand, Peru on the 7th. Yay liberty!

I know the Lord is alive and well, constantly involved in His work. Setting the example like always! Hence, we too should be involved in His work. I´m so grateful to be a missionary. I´m grateful for the sacrifice and support of all you fantastic family and friends, who help me be capable of doing what the Lord has commanded me to do. Thank you!

Nos vemos amigos!
Smiles and hugs,

Hna. Lindquist

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fo Da Peeples

A week of conversion, testimony sharing, walnut harvesting, dog-dodging, and hour after hour of pure gospel-sharing goodness. I love being a missionary!
This week, Hermana Hill and I met many people who have lost loved ones. Two older men stand out in my mind. One man lost his wife two years ago, and he says he relives it every day. Tears fill his eyes as he describes how fervently he´s prayed for peace and closure but has been unable to find it. The other man lives with his wife, who lost the great part of her consciousness in recent years. He looks at her lovingly, she lying in bed unresponsive, and he chokes up as he recalls years past when she was his right-hand and they worked together to do a number of great projects.
For both of these men, there is a clear need and an apparent desire to understand this life. It is true that sadness and disappointment are a shared heritage. Some suffer more than others. Why? I wish I had more time to write all my thoughts on the matter. Suffice it to say, I know that to every trial there is a lesson, and in every event there is purpose. Heavenly Father laughs when we laugh and cries when we cry, but He does so with an advanced understanding and a faith unchangeable. He knows the rewards that await us, and He does all in His power to teach us how to receive them. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to suffer. He sent Him to die. But more than this, He sent Him to live. And live He does! I know as well that both of these men I met this week will find great joy and consolance in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because it truly is the ¨power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth¨ (Romans 1:16). Life is hard sometimes, but it never ceases to be a miracle. And a beautiful one at that!

Speaking of hard times, you may have heard that Argentina is out of the World Cup. Siiiigh. :)

I love you all from the depths of my steadily beating lil´ heart! Monte Grande is happy and thriving and begging to hear the gospel, so for now I sign off.

Happiness and smiles and LOVE,

Hermana Lindquist

p.s. Some have asked what to send. Thank you for desires to share! If´n ya still got the notion, please send pancake recipe or other ¨American¨ recipes (I´m still not sure what that entails), marshmallows, knee highs, addresses of Granny and other southern relatives, and random motivational notes for investigators. That would be awesome! Thank you very much. And íf´n you don´t got the notion, don´t worry your pretty little heads. All is well here! Gracias!

p.p.s. The internet café this week is featuring the following songs: Radio Gaga, Ladies´ Night (Ooo whatta night), Oh LaMoure, etc.