Monday, April 18, 2016

Hola mis queridos

Well transfers came and I am just like a little puppy on cloud 9. My new comp, Christina Liza, is from Madrid, Spain (Barrio 2 and 3) and is just the cutest little thing. She has 4 months in the mission and I am just so very happy. So thanks a billion for the prayers. I cannot even tell you how many times the voice of Dory saying “just keep swimming just keep swimming” went through my mind this transfer jajaja. This transfer has really built my testimony on the fact God doesn´t give us anything we cannot handle.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The key to overcoming our challenges is the waiting. And what I have come to learn more than ever is that this is much more easily said than done. We have to take a step back and realize that this time we have here on earth is not on our watch. Really without a doubt in my mind I know that everything, everything, everything happens for a reason. Because we have been created in the image of God. This plan we have here on earth has been created by the man that knows all and the man that created all. And even when we feel like we are forgotten, even when we feel like there is nothing more we can do and no one understands us we have to remember that “Sunday will come”. Just as Christ was crucified on the cross that dreadful Friday, he resurrected on the following Sunday. I cannot even imagine what those three days must have been like for Mary but thank goodness she waited. And was able to witness the greatest miracle to ever occur.

“Don’t think of your task as a burden; think of it as an opportunity to learn what love really is.” Every single opportunity we are given we can truly overcome. Because the price has already been paid my sweet brothas and sistas. All we have to do is turn to him. And “just keep swimming” because through our beloved Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ anything is possible. I am so grateful for struggles and all the trials that occur in our lives because it really is just the perfect opportunity we have to learn what love really is and to come to know our Savior and recognize this miracle.

I am so excited for this week and I am so grateful that hard times always will come to an end and Sunday will always come. I love you all and I just hope ya know. Remember who you are and to think about the future. I am so grateful for this time I have to walk in a few of the foot prints that my Savior walked.


Tata chicas

Hermana Jarvi
Chau hermana Quiceno

Last studies togeddder
(the picture was cutt off in Jenna's email)

​chillin with the españolas 

Chau hermana Larsen

Monday, April 11, 2016

Se cayó su bosillo

Well this week I was minding my own business casually walking down the street and within the blink of an eye I was in the middle of the street with scrapes and bruises from head to toe! Hahaha Literally scariest moment. Some guy on a motorcycle went to grab my bag and dragged me a cross the street behind his motorcycle. But thanks to my sturdy Patagonia bag he didn´t have the strength to take the bag because it was strapped across my chest(if that makes sense). Just the strength to fling me into the air and to drag me across the street. So now I have a fear of every single motorcycle and man here in Argentina hahaha. And I can´t move my body without shedding a tear. But really I am so grateful that he didn´t take my bag and I am not in a worse condition. Really it’s a miracle.

But this week is my last week with Hermana Quiceno and the last week for her in the mission. So crazy. Time fliezzzz. I am excited to have a fresh new start. This week was just kinda blah. This transfer has just been kind of blah. So I am so excited to just start new. And I am praying with all of my lil heart that my new companion is really dedicated to the work. So that we can create some MILAGROS here in Argentina. (you can pray too and I won´t be mad)

I have been thinking lots about my calling. Not only my call as a missionary but my call here on earth.  And as I was reading in James 4:13-17 “ Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” And I just thought wow. I really am nothing. My time here on earth is just but a vapour. Before I know it this little time I have herein the mission will vanish. Am I really going to continue in these habits of tomorrow tomorrow tomorrow? We have been sent here to take part in this perfect plan of God. We have been given everything we need to complete this plan. And we have a guide with us every step of the way. 17: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” We are so blessed to have the knowledge we have in this life. This game plan that has already been written out plain and simple for us so that we can experience this unexplainable joy. And all we have to do is rejoice and do GOOD. Really there is no better plan. There is no other way that we can experience this unexplainable joy. There is no excuse from holding back from this “game plan” that has been perfectly written out for us. So I encourage you to stop looking in the wrong direction for this happiness and to say chau to your excuses and really submit yourself to the will of the Lord. And start TODAY. “And soon enough you will have the success you seek”.

I know it to be tru. I love the church. I don´t love men on motorcycles. I love sturdy Patagonia bags. And I hope that you are all happy and remembering who you are and what our purpose really is here in this life. And to be happy. And to do something nice for your best friend.


Hermana J love babay

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Where is my kiss rubia?

Hello family and those faithful people that still read my blog after 6 months.

This week I got chased down by some chico on a motorcycle. First we just casually walked by him and of course I said hello because we say hello to everyone. But then he started yelling at me asking “where is my kiss?” and then we started walking really fast and all the sudden I hear a motorcycle starting up and before I knew it he was coming at me asking me to kiss  him! But don´t you worry I pulled super missionary on him and explain why I am not going to kiss him and then ran away very fast.  So that was probably the highlight of my week. Welcome to the men here in Argentina.

But we had conference and it was the best of course. I loved every talk and I just loved to hear the sweet and simple message from our beloved prophet! During the time between conferences we watch the documentary on the life of Thomas S. Monson. AND WOW. I just love how much he loves. Something that I just think is so amazing about him is how is always looking out for those that can do nothing in return. He is always doing things for the recognition of our Savior and not for the recognition of men. And that’s why he is so great. So my advice for today is: strive to be like him.

This week I have been thinking a lot about how  I need to apply this in my own life. Because really it´s so easy to think about what others are thinking, what others want me to do, what others want me to be. But these thoughts are so dumb. Because they are of the natural man. I remember my first weeks in Argentina I would say “hola” to everyone and I would try to talk to everyone I could and the other Hermanas would laugh at me and I felt so so so dumb. And then I got with my new companion and she hates talking to people in the street and it is so not fun to talk to people alone. And so I started keeping to myself. And I was so sad and not the Hermana Jarvis I was sent here to be. So I started talking to everyone again and still I am often talking to these people alone and in a language that I don´t fully know but and probably don´t make sense half of the time but I am so much happier talking to these people, sharing this amazing message and obeying a commandment of the lord to open my mouth with everyone than keeping my mouth shut from the fear of what others will say or what others will think. And I am so much happier and have so much more confidence. “as I said in a former commandment, even so will I fulfil—I will fight your battles.” The Lord doesn´t command us to do anything that we don´t have the capability to do. He is with us every single step of the way. Even when we may not feel so. And I know that he is fighting our every battle.

 2 Cor. 5:15 “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”

He suffered for us so that we don´t have to do it alone. But we also have to do our part to experience the blessings of his suffering. We have to overcome our fears. We have to overcome the thoughts from the natural man and really think of how our Savior would feel about our decisions not about how our pears would think of our decisions. I know without a doubt in my mind when we give our all to the Lord we will receive the strength we need to fulfil this amazing plan he has in store for us. And I don´t have a lot of time so remember who you are and to enjoy talking in English and eating American food. I LOVE YOU


Hermananananna Jarvis

Friday, April 1, 2016

I am just so happy to be writing in English


I am just so happy to be writing in English because I can express myself perfectly but at the same time it’s really hard to remember all the words. I don´t remember English and I don´t know every word in Spanish so pretty much my life is a blur of Spanglish. But la vida is good. I hope you all had the best Easter. It was definitely the most beautiful Easter here in Argentina. The members here are so amazing. They seriously blow my mind. Almost every single one of them is a convert and have the STRONGEST testimonies. I literally cry through all three meetings every Sunday because the spirit is so strong. And also because I can actually understand what people are saying jajaja. But really the members here blow my mind. I have always had the greatest love for a member here named Vinina, and she´s 17. And she all of the sudden stopped coming to church and I had no idea why. I thought maybe she just didn´t want to wake up early or something cause ya know, teenagers. And this week I learned that she had to quit school and stop coming to church because she is working all day everyday cutting apart chickens so that she can earn enough to support her family of 6. Literally the saddest news of my life. And now she’s not going to graduate high school. And we went and visited her before work on Saturday and she is just still this little ray of sunshine. She just acts like nothing is wrong. And that’s how all the members here are. They have SO MANY problems, like don´t even have enough money to have food on the table every night but they act like they are the richest happiest humans. Because they have the gospel and their families. Awhhhh my heart. I love them so much. Oh another thing that is so sad to me is that a whole family of 8 people here will sleep in the same room with like 3 really old beds pushed together. This is in almost every house. Count your many blessings I tell ya. 

This week was difficult to be honest. So many people turned us down. Patricia told us that she wants to stop going to church and participating in these type of these AGAIN. But she told me that she knows this church is true. So I’m just in a funk. And for our last lesson with her we sang “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” hahhaha. But I think she is just sad because her family doesn’t want to accept the gospel. Because she told me she is still reading the Book of Mormon every single day and praying and she knows it’s true. Butttttt the most difficult times always have the best results so I have faith that things will get better. I read a talk this week that I really love more than words can describe. Bread and Stones: Its Understanding the God We Pray by Micheal Wilcox. I think. I recommend it to everyone and everyone. It talks about how God wants to teach us. Not only help us in every opportunity. Because that’s the reason we are here on the Earth. To learn and to progress. This week was so hard. And I just kept praying like “HELLO” help a sista out here! And I was getting so frustrated and so impatient. And I feel like God gives me a theme in my studies every week. Like everything I read one week will be about the Atonement, and other week about Service and this week Patience with our afflictions. And I really just came to realize more than ever that God wants us to learn. He wants us to have these tests for the benefit of ourselves. I learned that I needed to stop pleading for God to make a change in my life. To pull me out of this situation. I learned that I needed to make the most of the situation I am in and think of every single way I can learn from these difficult times. Because in this moment we may feel like this is not what we need.

“Now God tends to do everything backwards; we worship a backwards God, in a sense. I say, “Lord, help me understand and then I can believe.” But in the scriptures, the Lord says, “No, believe and then you will understand.” I say that’s backwards, and He says, “No, you have it backwards.” So here the Lord says, “Be comforted, rejoice, give thanks, then I’ll answer your prayers.” And I say, “Lord, answer my prayers, and then I’ll be comforted, rejoice, and give thanks.” That is backwards.”

What I have come to know more than ever in the mission is that God knows me better than I will ever know myself. These things sometimes seem so backwards and SO out of place in our life’s. But when we can truly realize that Gods plan is greater than our plan will ever be we can suffer these trials with patience until this plan really comes into play and we are at a level we never even dreamed of. And we can handle things we never dreamed of. Like it says in Mosiah 15:7 This perfect plan that God has instore for us can truly fall into place when we are “being swallowed up in the will of the Father.” I know it to be true. Gods ways will always always enfasis on the always be greater than our ways. Gracias por su tiempo

6 months in the mission woot to the woot

My loves
 Working out or hardly working
All of my children will have this shirt in 10 different colors sorry if you cant understand jajaja
(When I grow up I want be like me Dad, so beautiful girls like my Mom look at me)