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Oct 29 the week i finished my mission

1 Nov

Tears have come out of my face!!! Bitter-sweet moments.
So many amazing things this week. And I would write it all… but

I’LL JUST TELL YOU ON THURSDAY!!!!!!!!

I love you all so much. Thanks for the amazing support these last marvelous 18 months.

-Hna. Ruiz

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Oct 22 the week i should have been trunky, but wasn’t!

29 Oct

So. This week was pretty tranquilo. We found 2 new investigators thanks to awesome recent converts who brought them to church and activities without us even asking. I love them!! We worked really hard this week. We felt it on Sunday night. We were walking home and were walking so slow and we couldn’t even talk. Hermana Mora napped today, but I didn’t because…. I STARTED PACKING… oh, man. But no big deal. It’s just my LAST WEEK ON THE MISSION. It’s been so great. I’m going to miss Uruguay.

I’ve learned so much here in the mission. I remember in my first District Meeting Elder Jarvis read Alma 29:9-10, and I remember thinking “I want to feel that joy”. And I can totally say that I have. It’s a joy that can’t be described. It’s just so… complete. And I’ve felt that so much here on the mission. Serving the Lord has been amazing. It’s been so so so so so so hard. But it’s been worth it. All the slammed doors, the really mean people, the fallen appointments, the canceled baptisms, everything that can bring a missionary down, it’s all worth it when one person reads their scriptures, or accepts a baptismal invitation, or hey, even simply says that we can come back for another visit. But of course, the best is seeing them dressed in white, going into the baptismal font. It’s amazing. And seeing Jose Suarez in white in the temple was just another level of joy. Maxi is going to try and come to Montevideo on the 31st, before I leave so we can do the work for his mom. He’s so great. The church is SOOOOOOOO true. I’m so glad I came on the mission. I’ve changed so much, and I know that I needed this. And I know that I needed to find these people in Uruguay, not just to help them, but so that they could help and shape me. The Lord is so great 🙂
I’m gonna miss Uruguay! But it’s okay. I have this last week to give it my all. My time is up! The prophet said 18 months…. and well, technically I’ve accomplished that already buuuuuuuuuuut no big deal. Haha. Gotta make this the best last week ever! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
I dunno if Ill have time to write next week. We´re going to Castillos, and I dunno when we will get back.
Elder Oaks comes this Saturday! I’m in the choir, did I mention that? So, I get to see the back of Elder Oaks´head. YESSSSSSSS. Haha. I’ll tell you all about it IN PERSON. Haha.
I love you alll! See you in 9 days!
Loooooooooooooooooove,
Hermana Ruiz

Oct 15 18 MONTHS DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!!!!!!!!!

29 Oct

But 15 extra days to add. Whoopsies.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. I was expecting to wake up and be on an aircraft carrier and have a huge banner saying “Mission Accomplished” flowing in the air while jets flew by and all that jazz…. but nah. We just had a normal day and then made brownies. Haha. It was epic.
This week was AMAZING!!!
JOSE SUAREZ WENT TO THE TEMPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He got his endowments and I got to go! President called me Tuesday and he was like “Jose Suarez called me and spoke very highly of you. He told me he’s going to the temple this weekend.” “AH! REALLY!? CAN I GO!?!?” “No, I just called to brag, hermana! ……Of course you can go!!!” Haha. I love President Armstrong. He’s the best. Going to the temple with a convert was the very best thing ever. It was definitely the best moment of my mission. I walked into the celestial room and I walk over to him and he says to me, crying, “Thank you for showing me the plan of salvation” ……..wow.
I’m so glad that I came on a mission. I am so glad I was in all the areas that I’ve been and met the people that I’ve met. I’m so happy for them all. And seeing Jose and everyone from Gianola was the best way to celebrate 18 months. And now the plan is for Maxi to come to Montevideo the day I leave to go home, because we have free time to do whatever until we leave for the airport at night. And so the plan is for him to come to Montevideo and we do baptisms and then I leave. Haha. That would be the best ever. I am determined to see him in the temple, even if it’s just for baptisms. Pray for him. His mission papers got lost, and he needs to start over. He was really sad he wouldn’t be leaving this year. But he will go, which is what counts.
I loved this week. There was so much that happened. We had laughter therapy with 2 investigators we have that are totally hippies and suuuuuuuuuuuuper chill. Laughter therapy was their idea. It was hilarious and awkward all at once. Haha.
Anyway. I love you all! I’ll see you SUPER DUPER SOON!!

Oct 8 the week I gave my valiente testimony!

29 Oct

It’s REAL. I’m goin’ home!!! So, the last change is called the Valiente change. And they always make the valientes share their testimonies at any zone thing that we have that change. This week we had interviews with president and zone conference, and it was AMAZIIIIIIIIIIIIING. President talked about how we are totally capable of changing the world, one person, one baptism at a time. It was so inspiring. I love president. He’s so funny. My interview was amazing. He made a sheet for the missionaries to write down things for interviews and it has like 10 boxes for the missionary’s entire mission. And he filled my box and he was like “… Well…. that’s your interviews sheet. Very short!!” Haha. But I love President so much. My last p-day, the valeintes are allowed to travel to an area, but it can’t be more than an hour away. I didn’t know that, and then I was like “Oh, ok, never mind” and he was like, “Well, where do you want to go, hermana?” “Castillos, in Rocha. It’s like 3 hours from here,” he then says, “Oh, I love Castillos,” and after some chatting about Castillos, he tells me that he will give me special permission to go to Castillos, but only if I go and visit Johnny, who was the branch president but stopped going after Hna. Bravo and I left. He said I should go and have a talk with him and his family and do all I can to get them back. I’M GOING TO CASTILLOS THE 29TH!!!! I’m soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited. I get to see Maxi and Emma! And everyone else I absolutely love and adore over there! I’m so excited. Anyways. So after the interview we went back to the conference, and it was all awesome, and then after we prayed and all was good and we were going to go, and an elder, who is also leaving this change, was like “And now we want to hear a special testimony from Hermana Ruiz!” and I was like “AH! YOU TOO! You’re leaving too!!!!!”. But wow. I never thought I’d get to the point where I’d give my valiente testimony. I DIDN’T cry! Yay! It was a very powerful experience. It’s like, my last will and testament out loud, haha. But it was a great experience, and I will never forget it. After that, my companion and I got WAY sick. Tummy sick, especially her, and so we couldn’t go out. We suspect it was the sketchy soup we ate. Not fun. But we are better now.

General Conference was AMAZING. A definite mind explosion. It was exactly what I needed to hear.
Anyway. I love you all. I hope you all can go back and see what Heavenly Father was trying to tell you through the speakers. I love you all so much!
Love,
Hna. Rrrrrrrrrruiz

the week I got my trunky packet!!!!

2 Oct

I actually got 3. Well, today in the morning we went to the offices, which are in Montevideo, like 15 minutes from here. Elder Oaks is coming the 27th, and so we have a choir, and we went to practice. After, we went and hung around in the offices and Elder Mirabal was like “So, how do you like your trunky packet?” And I hadn’t gotten it. And so he went to go print one, and then the other secretary also did, and so there I got 2. And the Zone Leaders actually had it, and they’re our neighbors, and so now I have 3. Trunkiness galore. Haha. So, November 1st, at 11:30 am, I will be HOME!!!!!!!! One month. Wow! I don’t sit next to any of the elders who leave in my group. LAME. I’ll just be awkwardly alone, probably trippin’ out for a billion hours. Super excited.

This week was pretty good. I got a super bad cold on Tuesday, which was not cool.  I was completely drained, and I had to go home and rest because I seriously couldn’t find energy to walk. So we watched Elder Holland’s MTC Jan 2011 Devotional. SUPERRRRRRRRRR drop cane. He talks about what things are wrong with missionaries, and we need to understand the Doctrine of Christ. I watched it when I was an oro, and so I made my oro watch it. It was pretty cool.  We get along super well. I love her! She’s super diligent, and I can tell that she’s going to be suuuuch a successful missionary. I’m excited. I feel super old and bad, though,because she just barely turned one month on the mission yesterday, and today I got my trunky packet. SORRY, ORO!!!! But, all will be well; she’s kickin’ butt.
Anyway. I love you all. Pray for me and my companion that we can find people to baptize. We have some good investigators, they just aren’t committing to do stuff, which builds a wall for them to get to their baptism.
I love all yallz.
-Hna. Ruiz

Sept. 24 the week there was a TROPICAL CYCLONE

2 Oct

True story. But ya know, no big deal. We just couldn’t go out to work at all on Wednesday. Winds were way too crazy. So many trees fell in our area, it was really spooky. And now it’s just cold. LAME.

So my area is San Jose de Carrasco 2! We live next door to the Zone Leaders, and we share the ward. Basically like in San Jose de Mayo. Love it. We have lunch (YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!) with the Elders and the members, it’s pretty awesome! Our area is HUGE. We have a MALL. This mall has everything, including a Mc Donald’s, Burger King (which I havent seen since home–my oro was confused when I was like “OMG BURGER KING?!”) Good times. Also, here’s the worst part. The northern part of our area ends aaaat…. the AIRPORT. Hahaha. I see planes all the time. So much for not thinking about going home.
Leaving Varela was really sad. Bruno’s mom told us he cried all night. Poor kid. They came to say bye to us at the bus station. I miss them all so much. But we went to mission home on Monday, and President Armstrong had a meeting with me and Hna. Acosta to talk about Varela’s future. I hope all goes well. We had an amazing capacitacion for the trainers. O sea, the trainers were trained on how to train. We had dinner with the Armstrong’s. Spaghetti… and there was Ranch Dressing. Hna Lopez and I were like “What. No! Really? This exists here!?” Hna Lopez is like my favorite person ever. She’s in San Jose de Mayo, and we have wanted to be comps for forever, but this will do. Haha. We basically had a sleepover this last Monday ’cause we stayed in the temple hostel to wait for the oros on Tuesday.
So my oro is Hermana Mora from Santiago, Chile! Shes’ SO great. We get along really well. She is super pumped and ready to work, and she wants to do her best, and that makes me so happy. Her excitement for the work is contagious. Which is seriously, exactly what I need right now. I need your prayers. I need some strength… but yeah …
We all had to speak this Sunday, all 4 missionaries. Elder Francisco Viñas of the 70 has family in this ward, and so he was there. I gave a talk on repentance in front of Elder Viñas. Haaa. I love the mission. But after, I saw him highlighting the scriptures I used. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. and he was like “Wow, muchas gracias, hermana.”. Cool points for me!??!
But yeaaaaaaaaah. Last area, and I’m super excited. It’s going to be good. This week went by really slow. But I dunno. I know this week there WON’T be a cyclone… so maybe it’ll go faster? Yo que se!! (Super Guayan saying… I say it all the time. Prepare for that.) I love you all so much! You are all the best. Thanks so much for your prayers and support.
Loooooooooooooooooooove,
Hna. Ruiz

Sept 10 17 months down, only ONE(!!!!!!) to go…

15 Sep

Well… on Friday I hit 17 months. But still. That’s pretty awesome and terrifying all at the same time. I’m nervous, but excited!! (who remembers that Zac Efron SNL skit?? I doooo!!)

I was super sick this week. I had a nasty cold flu like thing, and all my energy was drained and I was sniffling and sneezing every minute. But luckily, I had saved some dayquil and nyquil because I knew I was going to get sick either this change or the next one. And now I’m better. I sound like I’m 70 and have been smoking since I was 3 buuuuuuuuuuuut as long as I can preach and teach, I’m okay.
Yesterday one of the Zone Leaders and another elder came to help us out in Varela with priesthood. We saw them on the bus and they waved to us, and I was trying to signal to them to get off at that stop where the bus was stopped (perfectly in front of the chapel) but they didn’t get it and the bus drove off, and then in the middle of the next block the bus stopped suddenly to let them off. It was really funny. Way to go, elders! I told President all about the priesthood situation last week in my email to him and he called all worried this week and he asked me what I think should happen, and I told him that Varela needs elders, that there’s just some things an hermana cant do. And so he told me to prepare the area book, and to get everything ready. So at least I know I’ll be ending my mission somewhere else. I hope it’s not somewhere expensive. We don’t get reimbursals as Valientes 😦
So we had a zone council this week, and they gave us more information about when Elder Oaks is coming, and Elder Aleman was trying to scare me and telling me that Elder Oaks was coming the 31st of October, and I was like, “Nooo!” and so the ZLs were like, “Well, Elder Oaks is coming at the end of October,” and I was like “No no no no, when when when when?!?!” and they said he’s coming the 27th! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. So it’s perfectly before I come home. I’ll tell you guys all about it in person, haha.
So I’ve had like 3 dreams where I’ve been home and you guys had forgotten to call President Score to tell him that I was home and he was busy and so I had to stay a missionary longer. So, um, tell him I’ll be home November 1st please!!
We are planning on Daniel getting baptized this weekend! Me and Hna Acosta were talking’ and we were wondering what as our purpose of staying such a short time in Varela, and we realized that hey, in 2 changes, we had 3 baptisms, and they needed us specifically, because elders have tried for literally years with these people we baptized and so it’s nice to know that yeah, some people needed me to teach them. I love the mission. It’s so great to see so clearly that the Lord has used us young missionaries as instruments in His hands, in the most important work that leads to the most important decision that affects our eternities, which is baptism. I’m so glad I came to the mission.

Aug 27 the week Pepe woke up!!

4 Sep

So, there were a lot of drunk guys outside our house like 2 nights ago, because it was Guayan Independence Day. And there was a band of drunks just trying so hard to find their way home, but they couldn’t remember. So Pepe, one of them, decided to sit down. But then he passed out. All his equally drunk friends freaked out and thought he was dying and were like “PEPE! DESPIERTA! No despierta Pepe!!! Ahhhhh *drunk slurs and tears* Pepe!” So then they called a taxi to take them home, and Pepe woke up. God bless Pepe for waking up.

So we had an AMAZING conference with Elder Francisco Viñas of the 70!! He talked about how we need to apply the atonement to our mission, and that is how we will be able to have true conversion for ourselves and for our investigators. It was AWESOME. President Armstrong talked about how we need to become faith-filled missionaries, because without the faith to find investigators, how are we supposed to see all those miracles? Man, I came out of that conference so ready to  work; it was amazing. I was inviting everyone to be baptized; it was so great. I hope this motivation keeps up. Haha. All the elders who are in my group who were there were like, “Hey hermana…… 2 months!!!” and would bug me about almost being done. It was pretty funny. I’m gonna miss the mission 😦 But hey, I still got a lot of time, heh.
ELDER DALLIN H. OAKS IS COMING TO URUGUAY!!!!! We are gonna have a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE conference with our whole mission, and the other mission here in Uruguay, and it’s going to be amazing!!! He comes in October, right before I leave. Yessssssss. October is going to be so great. Im gonna go to the temple with one of my first converts, Jose Suarez! Yay! I saw the Hermanas in Melo, and they said is he SO active and strong, and that he wants to go to the temple ASAP. I’m so happy 🙂 And I’m also gonna go to the temple with another convert Maxi! AND there’s General Conference, AAAAAND Elder Oaks is coming. I am so friggin’ excited for my last month. And I mean that in the least trunky way ever. Haha.
Well. Pray we find new investigators. That’s what we are trying to do nowadays. Varela is a pretty hard area. I remember before I went to San Jose everyone was like “Omg, that’s the hardest hermana area” …. pfffft. nope. Varela is pretty hard. We’ve had 2 baptisms, which is great, but finding people who aren’t part-member families is hard. But we will find people! Maybe Pepe will listen to us ……
I love you all!
-Hna Rrrrrrrrrrrrrruiz
P.S. 66 DAYS!!!!!!!

Aug 27 mascara running down my face

4 Sep

One week, I didn’t get an email from my brother and sister in law,…. and I cried tears of darkness and sorrow.

*emo face*. And now a random haiku to express my feelings.
I eat mayonaise
uruguay makes me suffer
email to survive
Hahahahaha. Haikus are weird.
I want pictures of Windham!! Plllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssseeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!
Love you!!!

the week the Guayan sky was diagnosed with bipolar disorder

20 Aug

Hellooooooooooooo!!!

This week had the weirdest weather in the whole wide world. I like Uruguay because when it’s going to rain, it gets reeeeeeally hot and humid the day before, and it’s a really really pretty day. Then, all hell breaks loose the next day and it’s rainy and story and suuuper ugly. But hey, at least we get a warning. Right  now it’s raining really hard and we’re in 33 ’cause we wanted to escape Varela for the day and hang out with the zone, so yaaaaay!!
Marcos needs to be operated ASAP for his ear. He was born with a problem in his ear and he has had an infection really bad for the last month or so. His infection has gotten really horrible and they’re just waiting to take him to Montevideo to operate. So, pray for him! His little sister is our new investigator for the week. She’s been to church about 3 times. and so she is prrrrrrrrrrrrrooooooobably gonna get baptized this weekend. Let’s hope the crazy opposition that Satan likes to throw at us every time there’s a baptism isn’t too big.
We have some crazy opposition right now in the form of a member who used to love us like 2 weeks ago, but now wants nothing more than to see us out of Varela. It’s really sad and really scary. Especially since we literally didn’t do anything to her. We hadn’t even seen her for a week, and now she hates us. Sad. Buuuut, we aren’t leaving Varela. We are here for a reason and so she’s just gonna have to get over that. Hehe.
Someone fed us this week. BLESSED MIRACLE. Luisa, a recent convert here made us canelones. Which I love. One day I will make them for you all. But she said the most amazing, loving, heart-felt prayer ever in the whole world. It went something like this “Lord, thanks for sending these missionaries to Varela. Thanks for the work they do. And please bless these poor, hungry, starving missionaries… that they might find food to survive, amen.” …………. I LOVE her.
I finished the Book of Mormon again this week. I love that book. It is so very true. And I have no idea where I would be if I didn’t have that book in my life. The words of those prophets are there to guide us. I love Ether 8:26… I think…. where it says that the Book of Mormon has the power to destroy all evil and it can help us to do good continually. It’s so true. I’m so glad for the Restoration and the chance we have to have a book with the fullness of the gospel. THE CHURCH IS TRUUUUUUUUUUUE. Yay!!! So now I want to read my spanish scriptures again before I leave. It’s gonna be great. It’s gonna be a challenge…. but I will do it. I’m excited.
Well. I have to go now. I love you all. And I miss you all too.
Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove and hugs and high fives.
– Hna. Ruiz