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Sister Watkins - 1/9/2023

Yes hellooooo


OK soooo transfers happened. My new trainor is that Chick from Colorado I wrote about in the first email. Hermana Ikeler!! She's SO funny and fun. This is her last transfer.

So I had to leave loma hermosa and move to Caseros which meant I had to say goodbye to Hermanas amarilla, parra and torres. (All natives) when I left they all made me little cards and stuff and they were sad haha. It's funny because they definitely gave me (a tall blonde gringa) a run for my money and so when I left I said "haha I knew you guys secretly loved me!" I am seriously grateful for them and loma hermosa because I learned SO much there. And Iearned a ton of Spanish.

When I showed up to our fancy apartment in Caseros I was stoked to see Hermana ikler. Ikler and I get along very well because we have the same sense of humor. This is a problem because we can't help but speak English to each other all day, when we are supposed to be Speaking spanish. I went from Speaking Spanish 24/7 to only Speaking it maybe a few hours a day. So that's been a little bit of a struggle. We've been setting goals to work on the Spanish and she's been helping me with the process of learning the struggle. I explained to hermana Ikler that Spanish has been the only real struggle I have had on my mission, and hermana ikeler gave me some good advice and said "every missionary needs something to get them on their knees to keep them humble. And if you don't have a struggle on your mission then god can't change you. To be a good missionary you have to let Jesus take the wheel."

Nevertheless, I study my booty off and I have seen progress in that department.  

Hermana Ikler also said that the area I was in before was one of the most dangerous areas in the mission, and that before it was an area for only elders before they decided to put sisters back into it. That makes a lot of sense because we saw some pretty crazy things there. But the cool thing is, is that i never felt unsafe. I know that we had angels protecting us during certain situations. The veil is thin on a mission.

I've learned so much this week. This week Hermana Ikler and I both discovered that we don't really have testimonies about fasting. So, we decided to gain testimonies about it. We've been reading a ton about it in the bible and we've been reading talks about it and we've learned some super cool things!!!

If there's something i've learned on my mission its that you can gain a testimony of anything you want just by learning! For example, before my mission I don't truly understand the importance of the sacrament. But I focused on it in my personal studies and now I have learned how amazing and cool it is! And that helps me to be able to share it with others more genuinely and sincerely.

Another thing me and hermana Ikler have been talking a lot about is the twelve tribes of israel.I never really knew that much about it until recently and that has been such an interesting thing to learn about this week with her. Every tribe has a different divine responsibility in God's plan. The gospel is really so cool and if you take the time to really dive into the teachings and the principles you can learn so many cool things about who we are as gods children and what our purpose in this life is.

When you understand your plan and your purpose you have more respect and love for yourself and others. Especially your family. knowledge of the gospel leads to happiness! And I love being a missionary and teaching about God and his amazing plan for us.

One thing on my mission that really sets me on fire is when we share our testimonies to our friends here. You can feel the spirit so strong and you can feel God's love for them. and they can feel it too, and that's always a really cool experience. We get to share our testimonies with people about 5 times a day!

Helaman 7,8

7 And behold, ye do know of yourselves, for ye have witnessed it, that as many of them as are brought to the knowledge of the truth, and to know of the wicked and abominable traditions of their fathers, and are led to believe the holy scriptures, yea, the prophecies of the holy prophets, which are written, which leadeth them to faith on the Lord, and unto repentance, which faith and repentance bringeth a change of heart unto them—

8 Therefore, as many as have come to this, ye know of yourselves are firm and steadfast in the faith, and in the thing wherewith they have been made free

Repentance is not a bad thing. It's how God changes and improves us. It's possible because of our big brother Jesus, our best friend who sacrificed his life for US. Because he loves us. And through it we can be happy and free.

I love you all have a great week

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