Monday, August 26, 2013


Dear family and friends,
Every area there seems to be something that I just cant resist.  In arroyo
seco it´s grido ice cream.  Holy cow and it´s only 10 pesos for two scoops
and chocolate and nuts on the cone!  Ya, i´m a little fatty.  Actually, a
family here calls me little monster, "monstruito"  because I wont tell them
my first name.  I´m either that or "sin nombre".
So this week was a lot better.  We are teaching lots and lovig the work.
Guess who got sick this week... an elder in my district, who then got me
sick.  ya, we´re a close district, but I told him I didn´t want to share
his germs.  I was ticked.  It´s a combination of what I had in Utah, with
what I had two weeks ago and added a bad cough.  So I didn{t work at all on
friday.  Despite that set back, we were still able to do way more than our
first week.  We have an investigator named Paulino on date for the 6th and
he´s quitting smoking.
So I´m still not all there health wise so i´ll just write a few funny
experiences this week:
We have to teach institute every week and this week was our first week
doing it.  It went awful.  The 18 year olds just love to goof off and twist
our words because we can´t speak perfectly.  Ok so that wasn´t funny but it
was somthing that happened this week.
We saw two guys graffiting with a huge spot light.  Aren´t they supposed to
hide it?
There was a race going on sunday and so the finish line just happened to be
right outside our churh building.  There were drums playing the whole time
we were in sacrament meeting and when we ended, so did they.  Bad luck eh?
Hermana Smith´s family is in the circus.  Her dad does the cannon and her
siblings to juggling, trapeze, and her brother in law won america´s got
talent for a dog act?  Pretty cool.  I was pretty disappointed when she
told me that she doesn´t do anything with it.  But her dad´s in Sweden
right now.  He travels everywhere.
Because we´re so new to Argentina, we get random calls from the zone
leaders to check up on us.  Last night they asked us how our studies are
going.  What kind of a question is that?  Ok I have no time now.  Until
next week!  So exciting about Weston!
Hermana Borup
The picture´s from my trip to La paz.  Since I´m never at the baptisms, I
don´t have pictures of my investigators! The other one is my wall in
Paraná!  First and last american for this year in that apartment!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

 It feels like a white wash
Dear Family and Friends,
This week was an eternity.  Very stressful, but also a great adventure.  I definitely think this will be the period of the most growing for me on my mission. 

Tuesday I bought my first object for mate, the bag.  It´s awesome and it has patches of cow hair.  I bought it in Paraná because it´s the most expensive part of the set and Paraná is the cheapest place in the mission to buy suiveneirs.  But now I have to carry it around with me... oh well.  When we got back to our apartment, there were testigos de Jehova waiting for us!  We were super excited until we saw that they were kids of like 10 years.  We couldn´t really talk to them, but we accepted their pamphlet. 

Wednesday I left in the morning and got to the bus station in Rosario by myself.  I was lost, looking for other missionaries for about 15 minutes with all my stuff.  But I found them and Hermana Smith was there!  We got to know each other a bit.  She´s from Missouri, but now her family lives in Logan.  She came to Argentina with me and her spanish isn´t that bad, we definitely can get around, as long as we don´t have to use the phone.  And then the assistants came, took us to Arroyo Seco and dropped us off.  Seriously, they dumped us there.  Our apartment is a house.  It´s huge!  It´s one of the nicest for sisters in the mission.  So that´s fun. 
The work´s really slow and I was super sad that I couldn´t see the baptisms in Paraná.  Hermana Smith knows the area sort of well, but we´ve been doing a lot of contacting.  So this week we want to work more with members, especially the youth.

The branch here is great.  They feed us almost every day, and they are so willing to come out with us.  We teach piano and mission prep every week and now we´re starting institute.

Thanks for the updates from everyone.  Happy very late birthday scott, I remembered forever ago, but I kept forgetting to write it.  And happy engagement Alyssa!!!!  So exciting!

So today we went to Galvez, which is a little town about 30 minutes from Arroyo Seco.  The rest of our district´s here.  We played soccer and volleyball with the elders and uno as well.  It´s been fun to see other missionaries.  We just had to get out of Arroyo Seco for a bit, but I know this new week we´re going to see miracles from our hard work.  I´m super excited.  I´ve seriously never have met nicer people.  Everyone assumes we can´t speak very well at church, so they talk really slow.  It´s funny.  But so far it hasn´t been that hard to contact, we understand most everything and I feel like I can say most everything I need to say. 

Thanks for all your support!  Sorry I couldn´t respond to everyone this week, it was a little rushed. 
Quick story, last night we went to bout 5 homes and no one was home, so we went to one more before we went home.  The lady said she was about to go to a dinner with her in-laws, but I said that we just wanted to share a short message.  She´s a recent convert and let us in.  We were only there for about 10 or 15 minutes and it was the most powerful lesson I´ve had in a while.  At the end she asked us to pray for her that she can come back to church.  Something really simple that we see all the time, but after the week we had of almost no lessons, it was amazing.  I know I´m here for a reason and I know the Lord wants us to succeed here, so we´re going to keep working and laughing.
Love you all,
Hermana Borup

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A week of miracles!

¡Buen día!
So this week was an adventure full of trials and miracles.  After a whole month of being healthy, I got sick again.  Wednesday I couldn´t even get out of bed.  But somehow I managed to still work and get through the other days.  I seriously think something is wrong with my thyroid.  I haven´t been able to sleep well for months and my emotions are a mess.  Maybe it´s just the missionary life.
Last monday we finished our p-day as a zone at the church.  We couldn´t get the movie to work so Hna Gomez and I decided to go home.  Good thing we did because we soon got a call from Hermana Inés asking us if we were coming over to her house for an FHE at 6.  Uhh... we didn´t plan to.  So we ran because she´s very strict and easily gets mad for tardiness.  She´s not a woman I want on my bad side.  Good thing she absolutely loves me and loves making me hot chocolate!
Friday we had an appointment with Santiago Arraigada who had a baptismal date for the 31st.  We taught the plan of salvation and then talked about his baptism.  He told us he wanted to be baptized on the 17th instead because it´s his mom´s birthday.  Ahh!!!  So we went back saturday and taught him using the baptismal questions.  He´s amazing.  He´s 11 but asks questions that I have never even asked myself about the gospel.  The spirit guides those lessons for sure.  I love that kid!
Sunday they came to church along with all the Coria family (the other investigator boy we have) and Hermana Inés husband (the ex-communicated one).  I have been in Paraná one transfer and sunday we had 62 people at church!!!  Our goal is 70 and I know this ward will reach it soon.  It was a great day at church.  Then right after we had to go to the bus station to go to La Paz.  In Argentina it´s a rule that every citizen has to vote and if they don´t they have to pay a fine.  But if you´re more than 500 km away, you can go to the police station and sign a form saying you couldn´t vote because you were too far away from your home.  Hermana Gomez is from Buenos Aires and we were only 470 km away, so we had to travel.  The whole mission had to travel.  But we came back that same day. And I fell in love with La Paz.  I hope I get to serve there one day.
Yesterday we had to clean our apartment in the morning and as we were cleaning we heard, "Hermanas".  We looked out the window and there was Hermano Coria.  He asked us if we could baptize Josecito on sunday after church because he wife came from Buenos Aires as a surprise.  No problem!  Biggest miracle ever.  Hermana Coria is waiting for a kidney and has been sick for a year, but she gets to see the baptism of her youngest son who´s been waiting for a year.  So two baptisms this weekend.
Last night we had both of their interviews and another FHE with Hermana Ines and her husband.  The work is picking up!  So many miracles!
...and I´m being transfered.  I almost cried.  This always happens to me.  I get transfered right before a baptism.  These boys mean so much to me and I´m super sad to go, but I´m just so happy that their getting baptized.  Maybe one day I´ll see one of my investigators get baptized.  But really, this will be my fourth area and my companion goes home in november and paraná is her 3rd area.  The Lord must need me in Arroyo Seco.
My new companion came out with me and doesn´t speak spanish very well, so this should be interesting.  Haha and we´re both "senior companions".  More like we´re both blind mice.  But I´m excited for another adventure.  I leave tomorrow.
I sent a packet today full of letters (it was cheaper this way).  Can you distribute them?
I love you all and thank you so much for the support!
Hermana Borup

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Some pictures finally

Hola Familia y amigos!
This week was kind of interesting.  A lot of appointments fell through and no one wanted to open their doors and let us in.  But we saw miracles and I loved this week despite the struggles.
First off, last monday we had 2 family home evenings and both were excellent.  We also had 11 contacts that day.  So I started off thinking, this week is going to be full.  Fantastic!
Then tuesday was a little harder.  We had district meeting and I haven´t laughed that hard in a long time.  No one in our district can sing.  But I mean we´re all terrible.  Plus, latinos like to sing slow.  Really slow.  I couldn´t stop laughing and then one of the ZL´s joined in and pretty soon no one was singing.  I told them that next time I would lead the music.  Horrible.  But that night we had a lesson with a less active family.  The dad is a musician with really long hair and a cross earring.  He would be very good friends with Brother Dowdle.  They need to be introduced.
So this week I was supposed to go to Funes for exchanges with the asistentas.  On thursday Hermana Lake left, we went to the bus station to be with Hermana Miranda.  Then we went to the bus station to pick up Hermana Aragon (one of the asistentas).  Then that night, two sisters from Santa Elena had to spend the night with us because they were going to Rosario the next day.  Back to the bus station we went.
Friday the asistenta got sick so we had to go to the other sisters apartment and did mini exchanges.  She then took my ticket to Funes and went back, so we went back to the bus station.  Then we had to pick up Hermana Lake a couple of hours later.  My goodness!  And then we had to go one more time to the bus station to look at trips to La Paz because we´re going there this weekend so Hermana  Gomez doesn´t have to vote (I´ll explain more next week).  We´re calling ourselves the secretaries to the asistentas.  Lots of time at the bus station, but we got in some excellent contacts there.
Sunday was sort of interesting.  A less active gave his testimony and started saying that everyone needed to get up and confess their sins and if they didn´t, he would confess their sins for them.  Ya. I was trying not to laugh.  the bishop got up to make him stop.  Then we ended with a hymn. One of the member´s played and it was like I was in Spain all over again.  I´m pretty sure that hymn doesn´t have all those extra notes.  Oh well.  But the familia Arraigada came!  I was so happy.  It was their first time in 4 years coming.  The dad has an interview with the bishop this friday and Santiago has a baptismal date for the 31st.  I love being a missionary and seeing things like that.
This week we´re planning service projects.  Back in utah, we did a lot of service, and here not so much.  So I want to get back into that and include the recent converts.  Right now their getting all the service, so we´re trying to help them serve others as well.  I´m pretty excited and I know we´re going to see miracles from this.  Seriously, service just makes everyone happy!
Next week my p-day will be tuesday because we have transfers.  It´s great to hear everyone´s doing well!  I love you all!