19.2.16

P R E S I D E N T ' S D A Y 2 0 1 6


    
                  

                    Some amateur hikers made an amateur video of a Stewart falls snow hike ( you're loving the sudden overload of cheesy homemade videos on here aren't you??). It wasn't exactly intended to be anything, so the the clips are mostly me filming Cassidy struggling down steep snow trails (and falling)  and bad car dancing. Ft. the National Parks of course. 
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18.1.16

HOME


I documented little bits of my travel home from Argentina. It's a little cheesy, very shaky, and I threw it together in about an hour but whatever...
I'M HOME! 

29.12.15

MISSION WEEK 76 - COMING HOME

H E Y  FAMILY!

This is my last letter home!!! AHHHHHH!!!! WHAT?! 

This week was really good. A little emotional but really good hahah! It didn´t start out so hot though- I ate a bad hot dog last pday. We played futbol with Eugenia (I´m SOOOOOO out of shape) and then taught her after and walked her home- after I started feeling super sick- and yeah I was sick vomiting the rest of the night hahah we had to call and tell president and he got after me and was like what are we going to do- you can´t go home like this- with you we´re going to have to put you on a plane throwing up?! haha  And I tried to explain to him that I didn´t just buy any hot dog off the street- i bought an expensive one in shopping with the sister training leaders! hahahah! but yeah i had to go on a diet of jam and crackers and salt- sugar water for a couple of days. That was ugly but hey drop a couple of pounds before going home- no complaints there! 

Hermana Gonzales finally got her results back! They couldn´t see much because her knee is so swollen but now she has therepy every day and she can´t walk more than 10 blocks per day... so we´ve had to get creative with the whole proseliting thing hahah! We´ve been talking to EVERYONE! We may only have ten blocks to do it but we make sure that everyone we pass we talk to and give a Christmas card! The best is when we get on the buses here because there´s like 40 people that are stuck with us for a good 10 minutes at least and we gift everyone cards and get in some good conversations! People always freak out and try to give us money ( this one guys was insistant that we took his dos pesos haha) haha it´s the best to see their faces when we say no it´s a gift, it´s free! As they say- we´re planting lots of seeds here! It´s been fun! D and C 64:33! 

Also there was a huge storm and we got stuck in the offices and played uno for like 3 hours hahah oops! 

This week we had a family home evening with the Rivas and Martinez families- together!!! It was a BIG deal for the Rivas family!!! I wasn´t sure they were going to show up but they did and Laura participated and it was sooooo good!!! Familia Martinez shared a beautiful message about eternal families and everyone was so happy- it was just one of those moments with the family that you couldn´t doubt that heavenly father wasn´t smiling down on them- the spirit was so strong- it was simple but so special. AND THEN LAURA CAME TO CHURCH WITH THE FAM ON SUNDAY!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! This Sunday was the Primary Program! And their daughter Camila- who we´ve been working with to learn all the songs and her parts for the program- she did sooooo well!! And her parents were so proud! The primary program was the best! I came to church that day feeling kind of sad and a little stressed out and just on edge but during the program all of those feeling evaporated- and I felt peace and so happy-  luckily hahah because the bishop asked me to give my final testimony at the end of the meeting! OH MAN. I was a crying train wreck- like seriously pull it together Willis. UGH it was just so hard saying goodbye to everyone! I have like seven months here though and it feels like home, my barrio!! There was lots of hugging and kissing and crying and picture taking (which I will show you when I get home, I don´t feel like sending them all- pday is a callin´!!) and I think 20 people invited us to eat with them for my last two days hahah! It was a really really good last Sunday- we visiting Angela and she wasn´t doing too hot so she got a blessing- she was feeling really down and had been praying all day that someone would come to visit her- we felt that evening that we should visit her and she was so happy- Heavenly Father is always there listening- and he sends his servants to help where he is needed! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!! WOO HOO! It was my companion´s birthday too so I got to celebrate for you both!!! I hope you had a good one hahaha I loved your 29 again candles! 
Well I got to go!!! I´m spending pday with hermana hone!!!! it´s been the best! 
I feel like I have soooo much more to tell you but I´ll tell you in person on FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love you all so much!
For the last time-
Hermana Willis
I´M SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 14, 2015



Hermana Willis's last moments in Argentina

    
President and Hermana Perez 

Last meal 







Saying goodbye to the offices







Take off! 




Happened to sit by a lady who is from Hermana Willis's last area in Santa Fe on the flight to the US


First thing she did when she got to the states


The family 



She's back! 



MISSION WEEK 75

December 7, 2015



AHHHHHH!!!!!

FAMILY!

It´s officially my last full week on the mish!! That is crazy!
Well it was a good week- a relaxed one. My comp has her bad knee so we have to avoid walking as much as possible which is a little hard when you are a missionary in a walking mission. But we´ve gotten creative and been taking lots of collectivos and we take lots of breaks. We are in ParanĂ¡ today to get tests done on her knee so we will know next friday what´s going on! 

Last Tuesday we had our choir presentation!!! It was at this little fair in the peatonal (like a outside shopping area)- we passed out the new Christmas cards (ha nacido un salvador) and talked to people (the church had a booth and everything) and then later we got up and sang- it was super windy and we didn´t have a director (he went home the day before wahhh) but it turned out well- it was a fun expirence and I got to see Hermana Hone- I also got to meet Hermana Richey´s parents!!! That was really cool! It was so weird seeing them in Argentina though... talk about two worlds colliding! It was fun because her Dad speaks Spanish so he could communicate with everyone and all the missionaries were so excited to meet them hahah! The next day they were sweet enough to treat my companion and I to lunch!! It was so fun to get to know them and see hermana richey with her family! It felt like being at home for a minute- it was so great because i was still sad about hermana sobalvarro leaving and because I feel like everything is coming to a close and stuff- it made my week and made things feel better. It was sad to leave Hermana Richey- i might have cried a little when I said goodbye to her and her parents but I´m excited that I´ll be able to visit them because they live so close to us! 
Well my comp is absolutely the sweetest! Even though she´s constantly in pain she always has a positive attitude and is happy and up for everything! AND she´s a master chef!!! She´s been making my peruvian food and it´s been the best!!!! I´m making you all arroz chaufa like first thing when I get home- it is divine!!! I don´t know how she does it but everything that touches her hands turns out delicious! It´s been an easy transfer with the people we´re teaching- they all love her instantly because she´s just so dang sweet and adorable. 

Sunday was a good day- Hermano Rivas went to church again with Camila and he is officially reactivated!! We´ve been helped Camila learn the songs for the primary program and she already has her speaking parks memorized-woot! We had lunch with Eugenia and her family!! We are so close with them so it´s frustrating that they aren´t coming to church- Eugenia did go to church and is doing super super well! They made really good hamburgers oh and I finally got my signed colon jersey!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I cried a little bit. hahahah! it´s so beautiful- i can´t wait to frame it and put it on my wall at home hahaha! We also got permission that night to go to the Christmas Devotional- and it was beautiful. Eugenia came and it was just a happy moment for me and some reflection time. 
Well that´s all I have time for this week!!! Sorry I feel like there was a ton I didn´t get in!! I love you all so much!

Hermana Willis

watch the new christmas videos!!




















6.12.15

MISSION WEEK 74

December 1, 2015


Hi!

Yeah, this week was an interesting one. 
I was sick for the first half of the week- just a nasty cold that turned into a fever- it just was lame because it was the same night that 4 hermanas from different areas had to stay with us for tramites- so as I was like dying and hermanas kept coming in and trying to diagnose me and telling me how awful I looked. Hahah

It was thanksgiving this week and our plans kind of completely fell through for our thanksgiving feast but that´s okay. I was still sicky but we ended up being able to do a couple little service projects throughout the day so it wasn´t really that bad- like cleaning the floor of a member in a wheel chair and bringing a happy boquet of flowers to lighten up Angela´s (our adopted grandma) gloomy hospital room. We tried to order in ice cream that night to just do something a little special but it rained so they said they couldn´t deliver....ugh. Also we were going to have our big choir performance that day (the one we´ve been practicing for like a month now) and then they canceled it because of rain- it was sooo sad! Everyone was bummed and it didn´t even end up raining until late that night. (if this letter is sounding depressing now just wait....) We are actually doing the presentation today but we lost like half the choir to transfers and our director- so....

Oh we did have a fun lunch this week with Eugenia and Guido and Suzy and some of the elders from our ward! Suzy made empanadas and everything was great...well until we got the call from the zone leaders later that day about transfers. I wasn´t stressing it- I knew I wasn´t going anywhere and Sobalvarro knows the area and so I knew she wasn´t going because she has to keep the work going there after I leave in a couple weeks. Well. I was wrong... :( Hermana Sobalvarro went to Feliciano (it´s literally the farthest away you can get from santa fe) and I´m staying here- WHAT?? Wahhhhhh it was so rough! We cried I think for three days straight. :( I mean I´ve had a hard time leaving companions before and like accepting the will of the Lord in reguards to transfers but this was just.... ugh. It was really really really hard. It´s never been that bad. Luckily that night a couple of hermanas (including hermana hone!!) had to stay with us and they lightened the mood and we ate lots of pizza and stayed up late talking and it helped (a little). So we spent the next couple of days saying bye to everyone and church that sunday was super sad. I had to teach principios so that was stressful as always but we had an attendence in sacrament meeting of 112!!! New record! And hermano rivas and camila came again!!!! They´re doing soooo good and Camila basically already has her part memorized for the primary program and we are helping her to learn the songs that they are singing and Bernardo has just loved it! 

Well Monday morning I got dropped off at the capilla- because I had to go to a self reliance class that all leaving missionaries have to go through (because I´m leaving in the middle of the transfer....yeah talk about the trunkiest class ever) and Sobalvarro went to the terminal to take her bus. Hermana Richey was there so that was the best (her parents came to pick her up today) and she got to stay the night with us and we stayed up really late just talking about everything and it was much needed. BUT yeah my new companion is great! Her name is Hermana Gonzales and she is from......PERU! All of my latinas are from Peru what the heck. She´s realtively newer- she came with Sobalvarro´s group! She´s absolutetly the sweetest! So yeah she´ll be my companion for the next three weeks hahah! 

It was so fun to see all the photos of the family at Thanksgiving!! That pic of you guys mom and dad- preciosa! Hahah!
LOVE YOU!!!
H. Willis

p.s. Vancer- is your hijo´s name pronounced pinkeye??