August 6th 2013

Well this week has been pretty tough, like no one wants to listen to us or anything but we’re still trying! This week we have zone conference and we get to hear from our awesome president so I am pumped! This man is seriously like a Jeffrey R Holland or some thing he is awesome! So he will hopefully help motivate us! Already we have seen so many changes in the mission here. Like we work with the spirit in the lessons so much more and we have a new rule that we can’t have lessons longer than 30 min! It’s hard but its great because the people feel the spirit so strong and then we leave immediately after so the spirit immediatly leaves and they can not the difference instead of just letting it dwindle away. We are also going to get iPads soon! Its going to be sweet! We also have to call our branch president or bishop every night so that will be interesting… haha. I love the mission though. It’s super hard sometimes but I know I am here for a purpose!!! We did find a really wonderful young guy that doesn’t have a belief in God and at first the lesson was rough but the spirit was so strong and in the end he said “science can explain all but a fraction of a second of when the world was created and maybe you guys have the answer.” So we are excited to work with him more. I know he will be baptized one day.
Sorry I don’t have a lot of time! Here is a pic of me with some cheddar cheese we bought!!! (Cheddar is so hard to find out here!) and also one of me and my comp. I love you mom! IMG_1290 IMG_1295
Thanks!!
Love you!!
con cariño,
Hermana Toone

Chow de Talentos!…Playing Guitar

This week has been crazybusy! We have been working with the elders in our ward to prepare for the Show de Talentos or as Elder Villar says “Chow” (he is from Chile and they replace all sh for ch, like “oh my goch” anyways, we tease him about it all the time.) But so we did a talent show with the ward and it actually turned out super fun! We did a skit with the elders and sang 3 songs about a young boy saving for his mission, deciding to leave his girlfriend to go on a mission and then the elder getting “dear johned”(Qeurido Juan). It was all pretty funny. Afterwards the elders practically forced me to play the guitar and sing a song so I sang “The Only Exception” by Paramore because it was the only song that I could remember all the chords and lyrics to. I really should have practiced more before I left… I think it turned out alright though haha. After a bunch of other people in the branch sang songs and played things and the primary even did a rendition of “El Pollito Pio”(a viral youtube video in South America…look it up) and our branch president surprised us all in the end by coming out and playing the accordion! I have never known anyone that could play the accordion before, it was awesome! It was really fun to be able to do something different for a change!
Hermana Fullmer and I have been getting along really well. We found out everyday more ways that we are connected or things we have in common its funny. We are also working hard with the members and having family home evenings with them so hopefully we can see some changes soon! The zone leaders just had a big conference with President Smith and they said it was the most incredible thing and that we are going to see tons of changes real soon. (We’re going to be using facebook and have iPads pretty soon!) We have zone conference with President next week so I’m excited to see what changes are going to take place!
Well I hope everyone is doing great! Keep me updated on everything! I love you guys!!
Chau!
Hermana Toone

¡Hola mis personas favoritas!
How is Utah? Is it hotter than fetch? Well Uruguay is good but its cold! I think today is the coldest it has been for me yet… It’s freezing! The humidity makes it way colder too. But I got a new comp last week and she is really great! Her name is Hermana Fullmer and she is from Riverton, UT. We actually have a TON in common and we can’t ever stop talking, it’s great! She is a little more strict on the rules than my last comp was, but its a good thing. She makes me say more in lessons and contacts but its good because I am getting better. I even do contacts all alone! I’ve realized I’m a lot happier when I am working hard. Even a member yesterday told me she hopes I don’t lose my “new face” because I’m more happy and animated haha. I’m happy to be here right now. Of course I always still want to go home and be lazy and watch good movies and what not but I’m also happy for the work I am doing here and the good experiences I am having.
Chau! Un besito!
Love, HermanaIMG_1224

July 29th, 2013

I’m going to be a dad! Hahahaha missionary lingo is ridiculous… SO Changes are this week and I’m getting a new comp and Hna Zabala is going to a different area and she is going to be training another new missionary. So she is going to have another “daughter” and since I am here comp right now I am both her “daughter” and also the “father” of her new comp haha. The mission family tree is interesting….
So anyways, I am getting a new comp! President Smith personally called a few missionaries to tell them their changes and we were one of those lucky few. Pres told hna Zabala her change and then he asked to talk to me and he told me that him and his wife were super impressed with me when they met me and that they really felt the spirit while they were talking to me. Pres Smith said that my new comp and I are going to really change Nueva Helvecia and we’re going to work hard with the members. and then after one of the AP’s, Elder Brown, wanted to talk to me too and he said the same things that I am a great missionary and that we’re going to change the area and see lots of success! So all that was super nice to hear! I am super pumped to work hard!!  Oh haha so my new comp is Hermana Fullmer, not the same one I had in the ccm but a different Hermana Fullmer, she is older and will finish her mission in 2 changes. I’m excited though! It will be fun to have a gringa comp but hopefully I don’t lose my Spanish!
This week has been pretty good. I had a feeling last week that we should go and visit this old guy, Ramòn, that we dropped because he wasn’t progressing so we went and saw him on Wednesday and he nearly cried he was so happy to see us. We were able to have a lesson with him and he told us that he had bought a bag of cookies for us 3 weeks ago but we never visited him so he still had them and he gave them to us. We felt so bad but I am so glad that I listened to the impression that I had and I know that he is going to be a member of this church very soon! We also have been teaching some families!! There is nothing better than finding good families to teach! One of these families has six kids and they live in a super tiny, super messy house but they are very humble and open to the gospel. I really hope to see some progress with them.
Well on Sunday I completed 4 months in the mission! It is so crazy how fast time flies by! I can’t believe I’m done training and I’m a normal missionary now! No more excuses haha.
Well I love you guys so much and I hope all is well!!
Love, Hermana Toone
P.S. It was pouring rain all last week and all the members were upset that we were having to work in the rain but we explained to them that saving peoples souls is more important than a little rain haha. here’s a pic of us in the rain!In the rain

June 24, 2013

Hello Everybody!
Well nothing too crazy or exciting is happening here but it is super super cold! I never thought Uruguay would be this cold! The humidity makes it so cold. We have gotten a little lazy because it is so hard to work but we’re getting back on track this week! Every morning we study in our sleeping bags and we can see our breath when we talk, that’s how cold it is! We have a little electric heater but we can’t use it for longer than 45 minutes because we can’t use too much electricity  we have a fireplace but we aren’t allowed to use that either because it is dangerous our something…but we’re figuring out how to survive. We often think about the pioneers and how much they suffered and that helps us put things in perspective haha
We had our last interviews wih Pte Heaton this week. They leave at the end of this month and Pte Smith and his wife will take charge. I’m sad that I didn’t get to know the Heaton’s that well, they are really so awesome! But maybe I’ll get to see them at a mission reunion someday…
So something I have learned this week is that as a missionary, and as a Mormon, everyone watches what you do. One of our new investigators asked if we were going to go to El Pedro, a supermercado near our house, because we go there often and she always sees us walking out of there lol. Another lady said that she always sees us on the bus drinking Fagar (by the way, Fagar is probably the best drink in the world. Its and apple flavored soda that tastes a little bit like heaven….) We have also gotten a little famous here among the jovens (teenagers). Every night they park their motorcycles and scooters along the main street and sit in groups and drink mate. Every time we walk by they always yell out crazy things like “Las Mormojas!” (moja in spanish is nun… we are known as the Mormon nuns hahaha) and they all know I am from Los Estados Unidos and so they will yell out random things that they know in English, which isn’t a lot… Esta poco chistoso…
So last night we got to see a special broadcast “The Work of Salvation” did you get to watch it? It was all about missionary work and it was really great but surprisingly it was more for the members than for the missionaries. They really bajò la caña en los miembros! They said missionaries aren’t there to work, they are there to HELP the members work. They used the age-old saying “Every member a missionary.” So I got to ask you guys, what are you doing to help in missionary work? Are you being good representatives of the church? Are you sticking to your values and standing up for your beliefs? Are you looking for people to share the gospel with? I sure hope so.  Missionary work is seriously impossible without the help of members!
Well I hope everyone is doing great! I miss you all so much! Let me know how everything is!
Chau!
Love, Hermana TooneP.S. the pic is me and my comp freezing to death and studying haha

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