Hermana Kent

Monday, November 24, 2014

Stake Conference Was Great!

This week has been great!!!  It sounds like it has been great for all of you as well!  We had a baptism scheduled with our investigator Cristina for this Saturday, but is not going to happen.  Herman Redford and I are so sad!!  She hasn’t been able to have us over as much as we needed to be with her.  But it is ok!!  Heavenly Father has a reason for everything!! 
Hopefully next week we will have a baptism for Josefina!!  I LOVE Josefina and her family!  They are so great!  Josefina and her husband have been at church with us the last two weeks!  They are just so great!  We are praying for them! 
This week we had our stake conference.  It was so great!!  I didn’t understand much but I do know that it was about missionary work.  And collectively between the Saturday night session and Sunday, we had seven people there with Hermana Redford and me!  Josefina and her husband Angel and Cristina (also investigators) and Hilda who is recent convert came with us Saturday night.  Sunday we had a Malvina and Hernan and Jonathan and Hilda!!  Malvina is a less active and Hernan is an investigator.  Jonathan and Hilda are both recent converts.  It was a great couple of days!! 
It rained a couple days this week!  The temperature is perfect right now.  It was a tender blessing from Heavenly Father because it was getting really hot!  At least for me it was really hot.
Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday!!!!
Love everyone lots and lots and lots!!  I’m really good!!!
Con Amor,
Hermana Karina Kent
Hermana Kent, Hermana Llerena and Hermana Redford

Hermana Kent, Hermana Llerena and Hermana Redford

Josefina, Hermana Kent, & Hermana Redford

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Missionaries Are on a Different Time Table

Wow!!  I cannot believe that I have now been in Argentina for two weeks already!!  It is amazing how time goes by so fast!!  I definitely feel as a missionary I am on another time table!!  Time goes by way too fast!! 

Anyway, this week has been great!!  Elder Christofferson came on Saturday and spoke to the north and west missions!!  It was really good!!  He talked about repentance and how central that is to our purpose as missionaries!!  Repentance and Jesus Christ!! 
I didn’t understand a ton unfortunately because I am struggling with the language.  But it is ok!!  I have only been here in Argentina for two weeks!!  I have faith that it will come and that I will be blessed with the gift of tongues!!  It is amazing the spirit that is always with me!! 

We have 3 investigators with a baptismal date right now!!  Hermana Redford and I are so excited!!  We are just praying that it will happen!!  I am really good though!!  I have had bad days and good days!!  Bad days being that we walked around all day and not one investigator was home or one contact opened the door!!  Good days being that most of our investigators were home and we had lots of lessons!!  Those are good days!! 
Ok I have to tell you something else though before I forget!!  There is another Mormon clip coming out I think like the day after Thanksgiving called “The Gift.”  It is AMAZING!!  I saw it in the MTC.  The person over the church media showed the rough draft to us.  It is AMAZING!!  It is like the “Because of Him” clip!  It is super good!!  The clip is going to be advertised like crazy all over time square and yahoo!!!!!  Super cool things happening!!!!

Con Amor
Hermana Kent

P.S.  Um, BTW I LOVE that even Kenai has gotten into the show business!!!!!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

I'm In Argentina!

Wow!!!  What a week!!  I'm in Argentina!!!!!  It is SO pretty here!  The movie Evita does not do it justice.  I saw my first Eva Peron bill board last night as we were walking back home!! 
Well Hermana House and me are no longer companions which I am so sad about.  But, my new companion's name is Hermana Redford.  She is my trainer.  She is from Colorado and will be leaving in the middle of December to go home!!  She has finished her mission!!  We are in a city called Caseros.  We have been working really hard so that she feels like she finished out strong!! 

The Spanish is super frustrating.  But, because Hermana Redford has been here for 17 months she is basically fluent so she has been helping me a lot.  I have started lots of contacts since I've been here!!  It's been pretty cool!!  And Elder Christofferson is coming this Saturday to speak to us!!  I'm really excited to hear from him!! 

I got to go to ward conference yesterday morning and then the bishop asked me to bear my testimony yesterday to the ward.  I was pretty nervous.  It is amazing to me because I felt, like everyone else has said, leaving the MTC that I knew some decent Spanish and turns out I didn't know that much.  But that is ok!!  Everyone here I have talked to has said that they felt comfortable after about three months of being here and than were like basically fluent at like 9 months. 

I really like the food here.  The few meals I have had here have been pretty good only I don't know what they were called!  I have corn flakes for breakfast and then members feed us about everyday except for Mondays and Thursdays for lunch.  We don't really eat dinner because they don't really eat dinner here.  So if we are hungry we wil have a little something that we have in the apartment at night when we get home.  
It's hot here, so I'm trying to drink lot of water.  Right now I'm ok with the heat; however, I know it is just going to get hotter, so we will see.  I am praying that I will be ok when it gets hot.  (Karina does not like the heat...AT ALL).
The apartment is kind of gross so I wear socks or my flip flops.  I am never bare foot.  And washing is done by hand unfortunately, but that is ok!!  
I LOVE the people here!!  They are so nice!!  There is not a lesson that we don't go into where somebody doesn't offer us a drink or some food.  Everyone has been really welcoming of me.  They have liked practicing their English with me but are also allowing me to practice my Spanish and help me with it.  They are very encouraging of my Spanish!!  
Right now I have about 4 hours of studying in the morning and then we are out and about teaching and contacting until about 8:30 pm are home by 9:00 pm and are planning the next day and than in bed by 10:30 pm.
I didn't get a chance to email Omi and Opa, but tell them I love and miss them a lot too!!!  I have to go now but I love you lots and lots and lots and lots and lots!!!!!!
Con Amor,

Hermana Kent
Hermana Kent and Hermana Redford...Looks like Hermana Kent already found a new favorite treat!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Safe Arrival

Hermana Kent departed from Salt Lake City International airport on November 3rd and arrived in Argentina safely on November 4th.  In speaking with her before she boarded the plane her family was relieved to hear the excitement in her voice.  Hermana Kent worried about becoming homesick before she left home, this has not been a problem for her.  She has had some more difficult days, but loved her MTC experience.  Her family waited impatiently for her call, and when asked what took her so long to call, her response was, "I was doing missionary work."  This response was reminiscent of the Savior responding to his parents when he was found in the temple that He was about His Father's work.  We (her parents) paged her several times to call the "white courtesy phone" several times.  We have not learned patience yet through her serving.  Hermana Kent never heard the pages.  She and Hermana House were engaged in a conversation with a young man who had a lot of questions about sister missionaries.  They were about their Father's work.

Missionaries see miracles!  The expectation for the luggage check-in fee was roughly $100.  None of the missionaries leaving yesterday morning were charged luggage fees and those whose luggage was over the weight limit were waved on through.  I don't know if this happens for every missionary, but Hermana Kent recognized the miracle in that moment.

President and Hermana Robertson sent an email assuring us of her safe arrival.  To a mother, there is no other relief.  We are grateful for her sacrifice, testimony, and dedication in serving the Lord, for she is about his work.

President and Hermana Robertson with Hermana Kent in front of the Buenos Aires Temple