Tuesday, March 25, 2014

And we´re back to flu season

Dear family and friends,
So this week Hermana Ihler got sick.  I was feeling pretty proud of myself that it wasn´t me until saturday when I got sick too.  I´ve been feeling horrible for the last couple of days but whatcha gonna do?
This week I was also called fat twice.  Well actually, in the same day.  We were at lunch with an Hermana on friday and her less active son came in.  He lives in Salta and visits about once a month, so we already knew him.  He always says some rude comments, but it´s all good fun.  Until I asked him how long the drive is from Salta.  He said 10 hours and that one province was 43 C on the way there.  And then he said that I should ask president to transfer me to that mission a transfer before I go home so that I will sweat off all of my fat.  That was low.  Especially because he made 2 other comments during the lunch about my weight.  But I felt better when he asked Hermana Ihler why she couldn´t speak and I spoke so well if we got to Argentina together.  He´s just a mean man.
The other comment came from a lady that night.  I was finishing eating something when she came to say hello.  Then she said, you should stop eating because you´re "re gorda".  Again, thanks.  I didn´t need that.
This week Beatriz accepted a concrete date!  April 19!  But she couldn´t come to church because of work.  This next week she´s coming though.
We also met a new investigator this week named Patricia.  She´s orthodox catholic which isn´t too common.  But all of her concerns, we can answer!  So we taught her the restauration and she´s going to read the book of mormon.  I´m excited because I really think she´s interested in what we teach and not just because we´re two young girls from the states!
Another cool thing this week was that Jonathan and Andrea came with us to another investigator´s.  How about that?  An investigator coming with us to another one.  And he bore testimony and everything.  It was awesome!  He just needs to be baptized!
Hermana Borup

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Week of Contacting

Dear family and friends,
Well another week has gone by.  I can´t believe how fast the time goes by.  Pday happens and then all of a sudden you´re at weekly planning and then the week is basically over.  There isn´t enough time in the days to get everything done!  Especially since we have the lovely siesta.  We don´t even go out working until 5!  And mornings are hard because everyone has things to do so we usually end up contacting all morning.  Yep, so this week was a lot of contacting.  And we didn´t really find anyone that good.  But we did talk to 3 atheist kids for a while.  It broke my heart.  In Spain, when the kids just drank and wanted to have fun my attitude was, "well that´s dumb but there´s nothing I can do about it."  Here it´s like "what are you doing!? You´re throwing your lives away and you have so much to live for!  Getting drunk and doing drugs every day is not a life.  It doesn´t bring happiness."  I just want to kick them and their parents for not being there to parent them.  That´s why this gospel is so important.  Of course they´re going to do those things when they don´t have an eternal perspective.  Or any sort of perspective.  
Sorry about my tangent there.  So this week we had transfers and we spent a good part of Wednesday in the terminal.  I met our new zone leader and he´s also going to be working in our ward for us.  He´s pretty cool and I think he will help this ward out a lot!  I´m excited.  And then Hermana Mueller left, which made me super sad, and Hermana Sanchez came.  She´s super quiet.  I don´t think I´ve heard her say more than 10 words.  She´s from Peru and she´s super little.  Nice, but the pench isn´t the same.
Saturday afternoon we just really needed a lesson.  We had been contacting all week and so we were desperately trying to find someone who would let us in.  We stopped by a former investigator, Beatriz and she still wants to get baptized during holy week.  But it´s still hard to teach her because she talks so much.  But we taught a little and then on Sunday she came!!!  I was not expecting it!  Her nephew is a strong member and so he was there and showed her around and even came to our class with her and convinced her to stay for sacrament!  And she stayed!  And his daughters stole her heart.  That little act shows me that she actually can be ready for baptism by that date.  I´m super excited for her because for so long she´s felt alone and you could tell at church she felt like part of a family.  
Jonathan´s also doing really well.  We taught the law of chastity this week so they have to make some hard decisions now.  Hopefully they can make them!  Please pray for him and Andrea!  
So yep, that was basically the week.  Hope you all are great!
Hermana Borup

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Dear Family and Friends,
Ahh!!! It´s transfer time again.  I don´t know how the time seems to always go by super fast.  But nothing´s changing for us!  Wahoo!!!  I get to stay with Hermana Ihler here in Pergamino.  Super excited because she´s the first companion since my trainer in Utah that I get to be with for more than a transfer.  Guess I have someone that can stand being with me.
Unfortunately Hermana Mueller´s leaving.  And she´s going to be companions with my last companion, Hermana Garbin.  Kind of funny.  They´ll have fun together but I´m sad we won´t be living together anymore.  Until BYU.
Nothing really exciting happened this week.  We got to meet with Jonathan several times and he went to church again.  He even got work off to come!  But they want to hold off on getting married.  So we´ll keep teaching and have the faith that he will be baptized this transfer.
We also contacted a ton.  Good thing the weather´s been perfect.  I actually enjoy contacting because you never know what you´re going to find on the other side of the door.  It makes things exciting.  Also it´s a challenge and I love challenging myself.  It´s also about the only number the missionaries can control.  So if we contacted, it shows that we were working.  Whereas lessons are sometimes really hard to get in this area.  People are too busy. they need to realize we have the truh and this is more important than anything else!  Sometimes I just want to yell that to the world, but then people would think I´m weird and that´s the last thing I want.  People already think we´re weird, I don´t need to make it worse. 
Oh and there was a race this week.  I want to join so badly!  Can´t wait to run again.

So yep.  Sorry I have no fun stories for the week.  Sometimes it all just seems like we do the same things every week.  Because we do!  And I love it!  This gospel is amazing.  Please share it. 
Hermana Borup
We made empanadas with Andrea and Jonathan.
Our zone at the zone meeting on friday.  I´m going to miss them.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Foot Infection

Dear Family and Friends,
So this will have to be short because the cyber closes really soon.  Sorry!
This week was pretty good.  Everything was going really well, we found a new investigator named Ivana, our hope in Alejandra was renewed and some other things but then we ran into trouble.  Thursday while we were contacting, Hermana Ihler got bit by a beetle.  Except she´s a allergic to bites like this and she swelled up bad.  So friday was painful for her and saturday we couldn´t work.  And then yesterday we finally went to the doctor and it´s infected.  We can´t work for the next 3 days!  I´m going crazy!  But I did make tortilla espaƱola.  Yum!  So there´s one blessing I´ve found from staying in.
So since we weren´t able to work on saturday, I thought no one was going to come to church.  But to our surprise Jonathan and Andrea came, and we haven´t seen Jonathan in weeks!  Sweet!  But instead of wanting them to get married, I want them to seperate and just stay friends.  And then Jonathan can get baptized.  But yes, he loved church and we have a cita with them  on tuesday.  Hopefully we can get there in a taxi if Hermana ihler´s doing better.  Now I know how all of my comps felt when I got sick!
Love you all,
Hermana Borup
P.S. I can´t believe it´s been a year!  It´s gone by way too fast.  It really feels like only 4 months has gone by.  Scary!
Pictures: One year mark!  We went to Grido´s of course to celebrate
The drink at our ward dance.  They used ice packs to keep it cold and a stick that they found somewhere in the kitchen to stir.  Without washing!  That would never happen in the states!
My spanish tortilla!