Monday, December 20, 2010

Quick Hello

There. Done.
CHISTE! But kinda yeah. Everything is good. Last week, I got to hear a prayer in Hindi. Nifty! We also found a girl who reminds me of Katie, and who seems just as prepared for the Restored Gospel. Katie, you are amazing. So is Macarena.
This week, we´ll have an awesome Zone Conference, an awesome baptism, and a ton of fun in between.

MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS children dear, happy days will come to you all year
If I had a wish that it would be, a merry merry Christmas to you from meeeeee!

I love you! I appreciate you mucho!


Hermana Lindquist

Happy December!

And hears to another transfer in Monte Grande!! I´m soooo haaappy! (<-that´s sung a la Tiny Tim)
This entire week, we had training conferences for leaders in the mission (Asistentes al Presidente, Líderes de zona y distrito, y trainers). So I spent the majority of the week outside of my area, while my companion traveled about with another Hermana, keeping Monte Grande (and a city called Cañuelas) in line. I, in turn, learned for hours and hours and did practices of teaching techniques, and was reconverted to the importance of, well, just about everything: the Book of Mormon, church attendance, baptism, listening to the Spirit, and being sincere in general. Bwaa! I loved it so much!
The most important advice I could ever give to anyone: read the Book of Mormon! Whatever your motivation may (or may not) be, just please read it. I promise you it will bless your life.

Aaaanywho....Our Ward Mission Leader in Monte Grande is so awesome. He´s like what would happen if you mixed Rocky with Bocceli and a happy Ricky Ricardo with a splash of Speedy Gonzalez. What´s not to like!? Just for the record.

I´m trying to think of things to tell you, but nothing comes to mind. Hmmm. I´ve thought about how I could live in Monte Grande after the mission. I´d work with the Mensah family doing tourism, I´d live with the Morenos, and spend weekends singing at the club in Banfield with Hermano Diaz. Done. And EVERY DAY I would spend HOURS talking about gospel insights with everyone in their homes. There´s never enough time to mention all the ins and outs of any given doctrinal concept. THAT is why they must have invented mate (pronounced ¨MAH´tay). You just sit around with people, passing this cup around and philosophizing instead of taking the siesta. Okay, maybe not INSTEAD of taking the siesta, but maybe right before the siesta. I don´t know if I could ever sleep this much...

Hey! Mom´s birthday´s coming up! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!! Jonathan is getting baptized on your birthday. Felicitaciones! (to you both, I suppose.)

Random babbling done!

I love you all very very mucho, and expect to keep up the kiss-on-the-cheek way of saying hi when I´m back, so get practicin´!

Thank you very much for your prayers and support and incredible personalities and will power. Family, friends, and any mixture of the two, you are ze bessst!

Have a fabulous week! Do something nice for someone! aaaaand keep SMILING!!!

Hermana Lindquist

Merry Christmas! (I just can´t wait!)

I love Christmas so much. I so often think of the Second Coming. It will be like the joy and peace of Christmas times infinity! One of my favorite scriptures expresses very clearly how I feel about that blessed day:
¨And now we only wait to hear the joyful news declared unto us by the mouth of angels, of his coming; for the time cometh, we know not how soon. Would to God that it might be in my day; but let it be sooner or later, in it I will rejoice.¨ (Alma 13:25)

This week, Hermana Norby and I were in and out of our area a lot. We had interviews with the President, which I absolutely love. The next day, we had to go to the big city. La Gran Buenos Aires! Capital of Argentina. It´s actually outside of our mission, but it´s the hip-hoppin´-est place to file documents and make your stay in beautiful Argentina as legal as possible. So that was fun. And it turns out the ¨subte¨ (subway/metro) is something straight outta Disneyland! It even smells like it! I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. I even met an American girl and shared a Book of Mormon with her (she´s been here two years, so I´m thinking she can read El Libro de Mormon alright). It was quite a strange mental shift to preach in English. I suppose it´s best I get some practice in now, that way the transition back to teaching in my own language goes a bit smoother. :)

This week, I´ll be outside of my area a ton again, because we have a week full of meetings for leaders of the mission (Assistants to the President, Zone Leaders, District Leaders, and Trainers). So my companion will get to go on exchanges with another ¨newbie¨ for a couple of days. Woohoo! She´s awesome, and I think she´ll enjoy the experience a lot. Meanwhile, I´ll be companions with Hermana Petrick again during the exchanges, because she too trained this transfer. I trained her and she already has trained her first time too! Don´t call me old on the mission. Don´t do it.... I´m still young and hip! Spry! I´m spry!

In any case, I´m really hoping to see another transfer in Monte Grande, because there are so many people I love SO much, who are all just on the brink of great things: marriages, baptisms, missions, etc. etc. etc. I especially want to see the Tortajada family progress more. The Mom recently returned to church after years of being away, and her husband loves the gospel and wants to be baptized so that he can receive the Priesthood, baptize his son, and they call can be sealed in the temple next year. THAT is their goal: to be sealed as a family forever. I know that the temple is the home of eternity, and all who enter therein have eternity opened unto them in profound, lasting beauty and love. Ah! I so badly want to be here for their wedding too. Okay, but that ones a bit farther away. Who´s up for a trip to Buenos Aires next Fall? Eh? Hands, hands? Alriiiiight.

I love you all so much. My prayers tend to get long, because I´m talking with Heavenly Father about each one of my family members, and many friends and ward/stake members - all of which I ultimately consider my brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers. Thank you all so much.

Que el Señor les cuide y proteja a través de todo. Les dará felicidad, seguridad, y poder si confian. Sé que lo ha hecho para mí, y se lo agradezco cada día por esto.
Que lo pasen lindo, amados hermanos míos!

Sonrisas y abrazos,

Hermana Lindsquiisky