Monday, January 25, 2016

1 leg 32 bug bites

Well I can not even tell you the heartache I have felt these past two days. I LEFT MY HOME ALL OVER AGAIN. Like I thought leaving Utah was hard but wow. Leaving my first area is like nothing I have ever experienced. Everyone told me that my trainer would leave and that I would stay. So I didn´t tell anyone that I might be leaving. I didn´t even get to say goodbye to any families because I thought I was forsure staying and then the district leaders called and said ¨hermana Jarvis se va!¨ which pretty much means chau Hermana Jarvis. And then I packed up all of my stuff in less then 2 hours and chau Hermana Jarvis. I will never forget the amazing experiences I have had in Tafi Viejo and all the amazing people. That will forever, forever have my heart.

Being in the mission is so crazy. Like so many emotions I didn´t even know I could feel. But it´s so so so good. But wow so sad at the same time hahaha.

Well so I have a new companion, Hermana Quiceno.  She seams really great! And I am excited to get to know her. She is from Columbia. So thats pretty sweet. And she doesn´t speak english so now is my chance to really start learning this language and I am so excited. We are in Santiago del Estero. The only things I have heard about this area is that it is so hot. LIKE SO HOT. So hello to ugly missionary tan lines! hahha. I am actually really excited because in my other area we just started teaching this family because they were visiting some people from my ward in Tafi Viejo and they are from my new area! Such a small world. So cray cray. But I am way pumped to go find them again.
Side note: you would think I am kidding when I say that I have 32+ bug bites on ONE LEG. hahahha so sad. I might have had bed bugs. Who knows. hahah so gross. The mission is great. hahahha

The motto of the mission for me is to have Faith over Fear. Because really the mission is hard. And so many things are changing everyday. Like one day you are finally getting to the point that you and your companion work well together and then you recieve a call telling you that in 8 hours you are moving three hours away to another city with a companion that you have never met from half way across the country. It´s so scary to be honest. But I know that I am in the Lords hands and I just have to keep reminding myself this everyday. Because he knows all, he is the one that created me. He knows me. He knows what I need and where I need to be and the people I need to serve. Even if that means leaving all of the people I have came to love with all of my heart.

 2 Nephi 9:21 And he cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice; for behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every living creature,both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam.

This is the coolest promise. I love this scripture. How cool is it that if we belong to the family of Adam we are covered. Jesus Christ has suffered our pains. All we need to do is hearken unto his voice. He came to save all men. So don´t think for a second that you are an exception to this. I know in my life I have thought how in the world could Jesus Christ know what I am going through right now. It just doesn´t seam right. But when I put my faith in God and had the desire to believe and to truly know. It came.

We had a member of the 70 come and speak to us this week and we also had a missionary broadcast. Luckiest week in the mission. haha but something said that I really loved, (to be honest I don´t know if they actually said this because I couldn´t understand all of the Spanish hahaha) but it was ïf we have the desire, he will provide us with the ability´ I love this so much. Because everyone goes through hard things. Everyone has doubts. Everyone has times when they think how in the world am I going to get through this. But when we take these trials and these doubts and we have a desire to change and the desire to be better, Heavenly Father provides us with the ability.

I am so grateful for the mission. Really it is the best thing. Hopefully I still love it after this 110 degree weather this week hahaha.

I RECIEVED TWO PACKAGES THIS WEEK. Best thing of my whole life. Like wow I have never treasured something more in my life. So muchas muchas gracias.

I love you all. Don´t do drugs. Remember who you.

Hermana Jarvis

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I am an old woman woot to the woot

Well this week was seriously the best. My companion spoils me to say the least. On Friday we woke up, just your average day. Studying, eating, walking the vida! Then we had a lunch date and it got canceled after we had already walked half way across our area and I was a little bumbed to be honest. And then we walked back to our apartment and made food and studied some more. Then we had a couple of appointments so we went out to go save some souls. And then all the sudden my companion is like oh my gosh I am going to die my stomach hurts so bad. So we had to fast walk literally as fast as we could to a members house to use the bathroom and when we got there everything was normal and then we walked in the house and everyone started singing Feliz Cumpleaños and wow best birthday. They made me a sugar free, gluten free cake and sang to me and it was just wow. But what the FREAK I am 20 years old! You can call me grandma Jen! Also I slept in a hotel last night cause we had to go fill our papers in central and wow. Just take a second and be grateful for the shower and cozy bed you have because sleeping that hotel last night made me a little bit sad to go back to silly lil bed with not too much padding haha.

But anyways, fun fact: There is a guy in our area named Juan and he has five sons. They are also all named Juan hahaha.

Also, I´d like you to take a second and image 4 Hermanas sharing one bathroom with 1 hour to get ready in the morning. And then imagine waking up on a Sunday morning and there is no water. Not even enough water to brush our teeth. And the best part about it is that I woke up with a stomach ache earlier that morning and I felt so prompted that I needed to shower but I was like no it´s to early and I don´t want to miss companion prayer. And then boom I wake up an hour later and we have no water. So moral of the story... ALWAYS FOLLOW A PROMPTING.

This week I was feeling a little bit sad because what the hay I am growing up. My friends are getting married. I already have 4 months in the mission. Before I know it imma be covered in wrinkles! hahaha My whole life I have had the fear of the present becoming the past. I think about the past before it is even the past and it has always made me a little bit sad. For example I remember in high school just thinking this will be over before I know it and I will never talk to these people again and then boom over, and then my first semester of college and I remember just thinking wow... will I ever be this happy again, and then I thought the same things in the MTC and then now here I am in the mission thinking the same thing. This will be over before I know it and who knows what is going to happen in my future. But I read a cute little story in the Ensign today about truly striving to enjoy every moment but realize that there is more to come. We need to not have fear of the future because God has a plan. He has a perfect plan for us. Yes there will be hard times, yes we won´t experience these same things over again but we have to have faith that the `good things will keep on coming` because I know for a fact they will if we put our trust in the Lord! Because when we have faith over fear we will enjoy life so much more and more so be able and worthy to recieve the blessings God has instore for us!

Wow the mission is so good. I can´t even picture where I would be in life with out it! Seriously if you are thinking about going kick that thought to the side and make it a reality!

`There is more to life than just saving ourselves, we need to lift those around us´ I encorage you to really go out of your way to serve those around you this week! Even if you are swamped with things to do. I know that if we put others first and truly follow the example of our Savior and love one another we will recieve that love of our Savior in return. I know it to be true because I experience it everyday! I love this gospel with all of my heart and I am so grateful to be here representing Jesus Christ and helping others feel his love and mercy in there lives as I have. 

Some scriptures I read today that made my heart a lil happy were in 2 Nephi 4:17-22 Because really look at all our God has done for us and our loved ones. What makes us think that he can´t help us overcome our temptations or overcome our hard times or overcome our fears or help us reach our goals? I know that when we truly put our trust in God our life take a whole 360 and we are able to truly become the people we need to be because he created US he knows us better than we know ourselves. Also, The Book of Mormon is literally the Liahona to our lives. The golden treasure map. I am sad to say I didn´t realize this before my mission. But I am so glad that I realize it now! Ever story is there so that we may learn, we may learn of the Lords forever open arms and learn from the examples of those who were in our same situations to an extent. It really is so amazing and I invite you to take advantage of it.And have the goal in mind to literally return to our Heavenly Father with Honor. Okay I gotta jet. hahaha remember who you are and to serve those around you and to shower and to enjoy every second and not have fear just have faith. Chau Chau love you all to pieces

Hermana Jarvis

​Also I made french toast for our ward this week and they could not get enough! so s/o to Aunt Lisa for the recepie!( I don´t know how to spell anymore so sorry)

Monday, January 11, 2016

HAPPY BDAY to my main man Martin Luther this week

Hola Hola Hola to the Hola Hola

This week we were teaching the cutest girl. I seriously love her. And as we were ending our discussion we asked if we could end in prayer. And as my companion offered the prayer my companion said, is there anything you would like me to say in the prayer for you or your family? and shes like 'yes, I really really want to get pregnant'

SHE IS 16. So my companion prayed that she would have children when she is a lot older and more mature. hahaha So theres just a little sneak peak into my life here in Argentina. This week was so good. Just like always. I seriously learn so much everyday and I wish with all of my heart I could share all of my experiences here. Like wow the mission life is so cray cray.

SHOUT OUT to two of my best friends Madeline James and Hilary Mckinnon for getting engaged. LIKE WHAT. I'm just here savin souls and I can hardly even talk to boys hahahaha. There is probably a bazillion more people that are engaged that I don`t even know about. Because ya know, Utah.

We have the cutest girls that come to church every Sunday alone and they just started personal progress and they probably have more scriptures marked in the Book of Mormon than I do. They are seriously so good. And are hopefully going to get baptized during this transfer. WOOT WOOT.

Something that I came across this week that really opened my eyes to missionary work is John 9: 6-11
 6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
 7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam,(which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
 8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
 9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
 10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
 11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made,clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

I love this so much. We need to be, literally be as the Savior and bring sight to the blind. Bring direction to the lost, and bring light to those that sit in darkness. We as members have such a stong power. We have to power to help other realize that they are not alone. That there is a way out and a road to happiness. Just as the Savior has brought sight to our eyes we need to return the favor and bring sight to our brothers and sisters eyes. But to do this we have to be worthy to do so. We are so much more able to be angels in others lifes when we can have the spirit of Christ with us. I know this to be true. It is so so so important that we are worthy of the Spirit. Its not just convenient, it is essential. I know that my Savior lives. I know that he knows my face and he knows my voice. That he knows every intention of my heart and that he is here walking with me side by side. I am so grateful for the knowledge of this gospel and the joy it has brought into my life. I know that when we put God before anything else we are beyond blessed. It truly is that simple. We need to be continually holding fast and continually striving to become better everyday. And Ive realized it is so much easier to do this when we are serving others and putting others before ourselves.

So say chau to the natural man and come unto Christ.

I love you all. Remember who you are. Enjoy american food. Look for Gods hand in your life. Don`t forget to say your prayers. And brush your teeth.


my Zone peeps

In the US we have Gnomes in Argentina we have....

Thursday, January 7, 2016


This week was awesome! Like oh my goodness. So many funny funny things happened. So many bad things. First off our shower broke even more so everytime we turn it on it floods the apartment. Even when we use the sink the apartment floods hahaha. Second we didn´t have any money for three whole days hahaha if it wasn´t for members feeding us I may have died of starvation. Then it rained so so hard this week and our electricity and gas didn´t get paid for so we had to go to centeral which is an hour away and we were soaking wet from head to toe and when we got the place where you have to pay for gas it was CLOSED. So we wasted three hours of our morning and thats no no no bueno for missionaries like chau to being obidient. Also our district leaders zone leaders phones broke and they are supposed to call us every night and they haven´t called in over a week so like they might be dead who knows.... LA VIDA. A million bazilllion more things happened but we have no no no time today. It´s so crazy being a missionary because all of these crazy things happened but i´m still the happiest I have ever been in my life! Also some old drunk guy this week called me over this week to where he was sitting on the side of the road and told me how he was ´pastor´ of my church and he was really offended that I didn´t remember him and then invited me to drink with him hahaha.

But I seriously seriously have no time today so i´d just like to close with a short but sweet testimony.

I know that my savior lives. I know that he suffered me and he suffered for you. I know that he truly hears every childs prayer, no matter your past or the unworthiness we may feel at times. I know that he died for me so that I may become perfected. So that I can become the person God needs me to be. To feel the Saviors loving mercy extended towards us through his forever open arms is something I pray that you never take for granted. I know that through the Saviors mercy we can be spiritually reborn and come closer than we ever thought possible to our Father in Heaven. I am so grateful for the knowledge I have of this gospel and I am so grateful to have the oppurtunity to become more so perfected everyday. One step at a time. I know my savior lives. I know that he died for me and that I am living for him.

I love this work. I love waking up every morning knowing that I have to opurtunity to help others feel my Saviors contuniously open, merciful arms extended towards all Gods children. I hope that its all good in the hood in Utah and you´re all remembering to say your prayers and smile.
I love you all and continually pray for you.

I hope you enjoy this photo of my with my favorite statue in the world. Peace and blessings.

hermanaaaaaa Jarvis