My friend, Hna Shaleah Anderson, currently serving in Costa Rica, sent me an email this past week that said, "What's up with the weather there in Argentina?" It sounds like every week you are in a different part of the world! ¨I just laughed and told her that she pretty much nailed it :) This week's theme was - flash floods!
I was told by a member that it has rained 300 cm in this past week, which is normally how much it rains in about 6 months in Argentina. We had flash floods running through the street of el centro, and one night I literally almost fell over when I stepped into the street because the current in the street was running so strong. All of wetness has also brought a rather enjoyable plague of crickets, and we leave our apartment building every morning to find a good pile of them dead in front of our door from hopping all during the night. There are some mornings when we leave to find the ground literally black with little beetles and crickets.
On a side note, that leads me to a rather fun fact - I discovered this last week that Hna Condori has a slightly irrational fear of crickets, haha :) That's led to some fun moments.
Fun facts of the week:
1) I made some CDs of some new music! We were making CDS of the EFY music on the Church website when I stumbled across something on our church computer - a CD album of the Tennessee Nashville Tribute Band!! For those that remember, they are basically the poster children of the TN Nashville Mission, where I was serving for 3 months waiting for my VISA. I made a CD of it and have been enjoying a few throwbacks to good old time in TN :)
2) We made more Peruvian hot chocolate! Seriously, I'm never going back to normal. I am a hardcore fan with the oatmeal :)
3) This last week, we were walking through the streets when someone called out to us from a garage slash bar - one of our investigators! Haha, so, we walked on up chatted with him and contacted a few people in the bar who started asking us where we were from. It was a jolly adventure :)
4) Hna Condori recently discovered the recording ability on our cell phone, and made a recording of her yelling at herself to wake up, and put it as the alarm to wake us up at 6:30 every morning. It was pretty funny the first time, but after that, I just woke up with the gut instinct to whack my companion since it was her screaming voice waking me up so early, haha :) We should probably change the alarm.
5) I started my third mission journal this past week! I have always loved journaling, and finished my second journal this past week - I love starting new ones :)
6) Hna Condori has started a rather strange habit of sneaking up on me and biting my arm when I am not looking, haha :) It has resulted in some pretty hilarious moments when I am trying to pray at night or when I am getting ready in the mornings. On a side note, my companion is crazy :)
Overall, its been a wonderful week! I have really been thinking and learning a lot about the parable of the sower, as we find in Luke:
¶And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:
A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
I love the Savior's ability to teach us through parables, and have really learned a lot from this one; namely that we have control over whether we will receive and allow the love of God to grow within us. Some would like to see themselves as the seeds - carelessly thrown by a careless sower, and it is His fault that they fall among bad ground, and blame Him for the failures in their life. Then, there are those who see themselves as the ground, and do all they can to rely upon the sower to change themselves so that the seed can grow. Then, there are those who have done this process, and progressed to become the sower themselves, bringing the changes about in those around them.
I always want to use my agency to be a sower. Success doesn't come when the situation changes, but rather, when the person changes.
I love you all!! Hna Lake