It's so good to be able to write and to tell all about some experiences from the CCM. I am loving it here! And it's a good thing, the loooong flight was worth it! Here in Argentina it is barely winter here, but It's the best because it feels like a North Carolina fall. I love it and I love being outside and smelling the air! It makes me so happy! It's definitely weird being here across the world in South America. But I can't really tell because I can't really see anything. In a few weeks when we go out to proselyte in the streets then it will become a bit more real that I'm not in America.
The CCM is so good! There are about 30 missionaries here- it is very small! But it is so good because
The days are filled with language study, personal study, companionship study, meals, devotionals, investigator lessons, and some time to play outside. It's a lot of information and stuff to learn in such little amount of time, but I know that God is here to help with this very quick process of learning.
We are living on temple grounds, and that's pretty amazing. The Buenos Aires temple is so beautiful!!! I love seeing the temple right outside my window everyday. It is truly a wonderful blessing that I have! We aren't able to go into the temple yet, but next week! It opens again in a week.
There are three North American districts. Jacqueline and I are in separate districts, which I think is good. But we do see each other every day multiple times a day. We don't every really get to talk like we did at home because we are always with our companions doing other things, but it's good to have her around and know that that support is there. It is THE hardest thing to call her Hermana Wiscombe. We aren't supposed to use each others first names, so it's very difficult haha.
One thing that I has been the most strongest in my mind this past week being here, is that the mission in not for me. That will take a while to really learn. But I am trying my hardest to learn the language so that I can speak with the people of Paraguay. I am trying to learn the discussion so that I can teach investigators the right way. I am learning the doctrine more fully for them. This is not for me. I need to forget myself and get to work! I am here to help the people of Paraguay feel the love of God and to share the happiness that I have because of this Gospel. I'm trying really hard to get that into my head. I am trying to be less selfish in that aspect.
My companions name is Hermana Border. Most of the North Americans here are from Utah. Anyways, my companion makes me feel loved and I love being with her and learning things from her! She is so kind and loving. And pretty darn hilarious. We have good times together! My district is awesome and we are all such good friends already. I love them and I feel that we are so united already. Presidente and Hermana Willis are so awesome! They invite the spirit so well!
The language is hard, but I am learning to love it. Every sentence I say, I try to see if I can say it in spanish. usually I can't think of anything, but the spanlish here is real! haha I try to say as many things I can in spanish. We have two latino roommates so we try to talk and communicate as much as possible. They are so sweet and they help us so much! All the latinos here are so sweet!
So, usually our Pday is on Thursday but today the teachers moved it to Wednesday because Argentina plays in the world cup today. All of the teachers have different excuses as to why it is moved but we all know the South Americans love their soccer! haha
Well, family and friends, I hope things are going well in all of your lives! Thank you for all of the support everyone shows me and for the prayers! The days are long and exhausting sometimes, but I know that Christ is here to buoy me up and to support me in all that I do!
If any of you are needing more hope and light in their life (which is all of us), Moroni 7 is such a good chapter. We can have so much faith and hope in Christ and it can make us so happy. Try to read this chapter and apply it to your life! I know that the scriptures are written in a way that the Holy spirit can teach through. They are written the way they are to persuade men more easily to come unto Christ. I try to teach by the scriptures because they are God's words. This is his gospel. I am not teaching people my gospel. We have to use the scriptures that apply to every one of us in any way in teaching people and ourselves. I love the scriptures and I love studying them. I wish i had more time to devote to just studying them but I am learning (or rereading) little by little that will help know the scriptures better in the future.
I love you all! I am happy! And I know that's only because I am following Christ! Have a good week :)
Con amor, Hermana Wiscombe
(la mayor as the presidente likes to call me since there are dos Hermana Wiscombes)