Monday, July 6, 2015

Kelby's last week in Argentina

Hello, well, this is my last email going out to y'all as a missionary here in Argentina, I am being released as a missionary. A lot of different feelings. At first when I heard the news until yesterday, I was really sad, really confused. I didn't think I would end my mission like this. To be honest, something that made me feel really bad is when people say they don't have a lot of respect for people who go home early from their mission. I kept thinking about that and started feeling super unworthy.

I basically begged Hermana Alliaud to let me stay, but she said she wants me to stay, and she has been fighting between what she and President Alliaud want and what´s best for me. And if I stay here, she said they´re letting my health be in a lot of risk, not only for right now, but for the rest of my life as it can turn into something for the rest of my life having these problems if I don´t do anything about it. I´ve tried so hard to stay here, but I think I just need to trust in God. It´s not that I don´t want to come home and see everyone, because I do. I think I just feel for some reason like I´m cheating God.

 When i started my mission I promised myself I would never come home early , that I wouldn´t come home until I reached 18 months in the mission. I´ve put it in my mind this whole time that I was going to stay, and give everything I had no matter what. No matter how hard things got, how sick I was, but I put in my mind that I was going to stay here and not leave until my mission was over. Well, I got this news and I think that´s why I´m so down on myself. I feel like I´m cheating myself out too. But I know it´s not my decision, President Alliaud really isn´t going to let me stay. So I´m dealing  with this right now, I´m trying to work on preparing myself to come home and be content with what´s going on. It´s weird how I feel. Super hard to explain. I´m way excited to come home and see you all, but at the same time I, well, I told you how I feel about the other things. But I am excited to see you all.

The truth is, I am so beat. Yesterday I had an allergic reaction to some medicine I´ve been taking and had some hives it seemed like, and my eyes got super swollen, and I feel like right when I am about to come home, everything is just blowing up and new things are becoming more evident and it´s kinda confirming everything, that President really is receiving revelation for me to come home and get better. Know that I love you all, and that I am so grateful to have yáll in my life. I wouldn´t change anything for anything. Thank you for all the support you all give me and for everything you have all done for me. I´ll be seeing you all soon, like really soon.

My last Sunday in Argentina

 Hermana Romeril

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Update June 29th 2015

Week of June 29, 2015

Hello familia!!!!

Mom, that makes me so happy that you are able to look at this time (not able to do much because of your foot) as a time to be able to reflect on your life. Ironically. I have had time to do that kind of stuff this week, too. It has to do with my foot as well. I messed up my foot a few weeks ago. I think it is from my shoes and walking so much. But anyways, I´ve been in the house all week, I haven´t been allowed to leave or walk. I went to the doctor and they had me take some tests and tonight I go in to see the results and don´t worry, the mission president´s wife is going to come with me. We´ll know everything this evening. I hope. But know that I´m okay, and that everything is going to be okay, whatever happens. Hermana Alliaud said she is going to send you an email tonight and let you know how it goes, how everything will go at this time. But know everything will be okay, I am sure of it. You will be notified though.

I am so glad you could all go up to Utah and be with the family :) It sounds like yàll enjoyed your time there!! Mom good job for being a trooper and hanging in there with yor foot :) Haha I love Farkle. And Nikolas when he plays. I´m happy Mitch had a good experience at EFY, he´s not dating any girl is he?! I got my eyessss on him ahha. Aw I love that you had a Finklea reunion, sounds so fun!! And that Kath was able to come down!! O cool!!! And Bart and Kami went up there I saw :) Sweet!!!

Mom, know that I´m praying for you and your foot, I have been praying for you a lot, so have the other 3 hermanas who live with me :) I have a lot of faith that Heavenly Father is going to be there right at your side helping you with everything. What are some of the things you have been thinking about bettering this week while you have been home?

Thank you mom for what you said about the members dissing northamericans, this week someone gave a talk about charity and the love of God, having it for everyone. And I looked at this guy that doesn't like me because I'm North American, and thought, even if he doesn´t like me, I still care about him. And I decided to write him and his wife a little note, and in it I shared them DyC 18:10. And told them that I know HF loves them, and that they are super improtant to God. I thanked them for their diligence in going to church every Sunday. My companion and Hermana S had lunch with them and he was telling them how much he couldn´t stand my presence, and at the end when they were walking out of lunch, my companion gave the note to his wife, he wouldn´t read it, but that´s okay. Jesus Christ always says in the scriptures to follow his example in all things, and he never once gave up, so I won´t either!! :)

Mitch, I love you so much!!! I hope you are okay, and I hope you are having a really good summer, it´s getting kinda cold here now nd I feel like it should almost be Christmas because of the weather haha. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!

I haven´t gotten any letters from them :( Hopefully I get them soon, I so want to read them!!! :) It is really weird there are only 4.5 months left, for real!! But I´m cherishing every moment out here, good an dbad :) everything. I´ve really come to value our family. Having all these memories from y`all make me remember how blessed I am to have you guys in my lfie. Thank you somuch everyone.

Keeep remembering how much I love you all and how grateful I am to have all of you in my life. Never forget it :) I´m doing really well out here. Enjoying the mission a lot. It´s been kinda hard being in the pension all week, but I have had a lot of time to reflect and think about my life and what notl. You are all amazing, never forget it :) I LOVE YOU!!!
Hermana Romeril
Dinner with the other missionaries

 Concilio de lideres
 Surprise! Hermana Ortiz and I did a surprise for our companions one day when we did splits.  They were going to come home super late one night and we made banana bread.

Update June 22, 2015

Hello familia mia,

This week was up and down!! Hmm where to start. Bueno. We went to Catamarca and La Rioja on Thursday and Friday, we arrived to Catamarca and I felt like I had never left. We were able to see so many investigators and a couple members, and it hit me then how much I put my heart into that area. I love Catamarca. We saw Evita, the less active and it was so special!! I was so grateful for the opportunity to be able to see her. We taught a lesson with her and she said the missionaries stopped passing by to visit her after Hermana Rivera and I were transfered from the area. So the Hermanas are going to start passing by again. We went by and visited Dario and he is doing okay..he had cancer when I left, and he has had it for the past 5 years, and he told me that it´s back again, and the doctors tell him he only has 8 months to live..that made me super sad. But Dario is super positive about everything. He tells me that he is going to keep doing what God wants him to do and he said he knows that God will help him, and that he is happy. So it was pretty hard for me to leave Catamarca, but I am really content to be able to travel there again in another 6 weeks :)
The down part of this week was, well, we had no investigators in the chapel and we had some investigators drop us. They said they already have their own churches and thank you a lot but this isn´t something they want right now. But bueno. Yesterday we had a unique experience at church. There is a family that is super racist and they hate northamericans. So yesterday in church I decided to go and say hi to him. I walked up to him and his wife after sacrament meeting and his wife said hi, and then I said hi to him and put my hand out to shake his and he looked the other way, and he acted like he couldn´t even hear me, and then his wife started making fun of the situation, and I walked away. The sad thing is, that it was in front of the whole ward. Then he went and talked to my companion and told her that I was never welcome to his home and that he was never going to give me food to eat if I came in for lunch, and that he wouldn´t even open up the door for me. And he told her to tell me to never go talk to him again, because he wouldn´t ever talk to me, and my presence makes him mad. But we decided that it´s okay, and I´m not going to give up, because it´s not fair for the other missionaries who are going to come. I will make a difference in this ward in this way, at least I´m really going to try :) :)
But other than that, things have been pretty normal here, thank you so much everyone for your support. Mom i really hope your foot gets better and I hope that you feel my prayers going your way, because I´m continually praying for you. Keep strong. Daddy, I hope you had an amazing Father's Day, Sorry I couldn´t be there, Next year fo sho :) I´m so grateful to have you in my life, I hope you never forget it!! MUAH!!! Have a great week, yáll :) Know I´m okay and I´m happy and feeling so blessed to have yáll in my life!!!
Hermana Romeril
Some of my old investigators in Catmarca.  Now the other hermanas are teaching them. 

 Menos activa from Catamarca :)
 Elevator Swag :)

Weekly Update June 15, 2015

This week was a really good week, we didn´t get to go to Catamarca, because all of the colectivos stopped working for 2 days, and the hermanas had a bunch of things going on, so we replanned it all for this Thursday and Friday. I´m really excited!! I´m super glad that you had a fun time in Washington! It made me super happy to hear that you enjoyed your vacay! Dad, I am really proud of you nd your new calling. When I read that, I just felt so good about it for you. I feel like you´re going to be amazing in your calling. I remembered the scripture that says, many are called but few are chosen, and you´re one of the chosen ones. And you´ll be using so much of your spanish! Heavenly Father trusts in you so much. And I know what you feel like, I feel pretty unqualified with some of the callings I have in the mission, but Heavenly Father qualifies us for our callings. We just have to do our best, and he´ll always be there to help us. AH!! Good job dad :) Also, I know that this week coming up is Father´s Day, I just want you to know how grateful I am for you, and how big of an example you are to me. Thank you for everything yuo have done for me growing up, I know I wouldn´t be here on my mission without your help. I always tell stories about you, and I got your card you sent me, I understood all the spanish! And learned a new word, merecer :) I love you dad and hope you have a really really good day!!

But this week we went to BellVille to work with the hermanas over there, and I got to work with Hermana Morris who I went to the MTC with! She´s amazing, she is a really wonderful missionary and I was really grateful to have been able to work with her. Being a Sister Training Leader is so great! I feel like I have more to learn from the hermanas we go visit than they have to learn from me. It really helps me to focus in my goal of becoming more like Christ. To focus on other people and to make them first place. I love it so much. Things are super fun here though. But i don´t have a lot of time, we have to go and visit the bishop right now, but know that I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful week. I think you guys are the best, seriously, I´ll tell yall all about this week that comes!!

I love yoU!!
Hermana Romeril
 A little girl in our ward :)
 Got to go on splits with Hermana Morris this week.  This is a recent convert in her area.  Had a really good day with Morris!
 Mi compi y sho

 Y tutcas (a cereal)
 mi eshpanola
 Mi peruana

Sunday, June 7, 2015

I have been called as a Sister Training Leader :)

Hello dear family!!

So, I have some news!! I have been transfered from Jesus María to Nueva Córdoba and I am now a Sister Training Leader!! This is an email that President sent me, I´m way excited, nervous, all of the above!

President Alliaud

Queridas hermanas, 

Felicitaciones! Cómo ud. ya sabe ha sido llamada como una nueva hermana capacitadora en la misión durante este traslado. 

Esta es una posición de suma confianza en la que tendrán la sagrada responsabilidad de elevar las vidas de todas aquellas hermanas con quienes sean asignadas a trabajar. 

Ud. deberá ser un gran ejemplo en sus propia área asignada, al tiempo que planifica intercambios con los compañerismos asignados. 

Esta asignación presupone el ejercicio de mucha confianza hacia ud. 
Ud. se han ganado esa confianza! 

Mi expectativa es que por medio de su ministerio, las hermanas de la misión lleguen a ser mejores maestras, con mejores capacidades didácticas para transmitir el mensaje de la Restauración de una manera simple, sencilla pero a la vez poderosa. Para que lleguen a tener una mayor y mejor capacidad de comprometer a sus investigadores, para ayudarles a dar los pasos necesarios para su completa conversión. 

Recuerde que siempre debe trabajar en unidad con los otros Líderes de la Misión, quienes son los que dirigen sus zonas. Uds. deben llegar a ser una gran ayuda para ellos. 

Otra vez, felicitaciones por haber llegado a ser quien es, y por todo lo que llegará a ser próximamente. 

Con amor, 

Pres. Rubén V. Alliaud
Misión Argentina Córdoba
I´m now companions with Hermana Humacata, from Rio Negro, Argentina. She has just one more transfer than I do in the mission! Today has been a fun day, we got to our area and there´s 2 other hermanas living with us, one of them is training so she will get her companion on Wednesday!! And there are 3 other hermanas staying with us too who are also oing to be training, and we made a peruvian lunch with them today and took a quick nap, we´re going to start visiting other areas next week! And a cool part is, I´m going to be in charge of the Hermanas in Catamarca!! SO I´ll be able to visit my first area one time every trasnfer :) I´m pretty excite. Pretty nervous, but I know it will all be okay. 
But to leave Jesus María will be difficult. We  had 3 baptisms on Saturday, Mauricio´s family. It was a really spiritual time. I´m going to keep praying for Hermana Wilson, she was really nervous to lead the area and have a new companion. I know she will be great :) Hey so in my new area we have a washer for our clothes!! I am so dang happy! :) I washed my clothes today and they are so clean!! I have been hand washing them for 3 transfers, it´s amazing how useful a washer is :) Crazy how it´s something so common to have at home, I really don´t take that stuff for granted anymore. 
I hope everything goes well this week!! Shout out to jessica!!! You look beautiful in your graduation pictures!! :) 
I hope yáll know how much I love you and how grateful I am for you. Thank you so much for all the support you give me and for being such an amazing family. I love you guys so much. 
I hope you have a great week!! Sorry I didnt write a lot of details this week, just alot hasn´t happened with transfers and packing. But next week for sure Ill probably have a lot more news!! I LOve you !!!

Hermana Romeril

Monday, May 25, 2015

Update May 25, 2015

So, this week was the best week we have had since I´ve been here in Jesus María. We found 20 new investigators and had 3 people in the church with a baptismal date!! The parents and sister of our recent convert, Mauricio Vasquez!! It was seriously a miracle. They´re all 3 going to be baptized on Saturday, the last day of transfers :) We are both way pumped!! It´ll be sad to leave my daughter of the mission, really these 2 transfers have flown by with her. We´ve found so many miracles here in Jesus María. I don´t really like change. It´s always sad to move companions and move areas, but iré y haré lo que el Señor me mande hacer. This is what I signed up for :) Jesus María is a wonderful and beautful place that I never want to leave. I would be more than happy to finish my mission here, but unfortuantely I don´t think that´s going to be happening!! 

I love my calling, and I can´t believe it´s all coming to an end. A way quick end. Before I know it, I´ll be on the plane on my way back to good ol´Hemet Cali!! 

Mom, good luck with the graduation planning!! I know it will be amazing and a beautful memory for everyone who goes!! :) It´s so weird I was at the MTC last year when you had graduation, it seems like time flies by so fast. Wow. And I can´t believe that Jess is already graduating and I´m super e3xcited about SHombree and her wedding!! Gah!! Do you know what her colors are? So she´s having her wedding on Friday, reception on Saturday, and my homecoming on Sunday (or you're trying to arrange it on that day) right? Wow a ton of stuff going on! Is some of the Finklea side going to be there? I´d love to see them!! 

Sorry this letter isn´t super long, I had to spend a little bit trying to fix the computer so I could send some pics, but know that I lvoe yáll so much! And I hope you have  great week, I´ll write more next week. But thank you for sending me the birthday message!! It was a great day. the people here did a good job of makin me feel loved :) We´ll talk next week! 
Hasta luego baby :) 

Hermana Romeril 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 11, 2015 Update

hey family!!

First off, I loved talking to you guys for Mother's Day. You guys give me the strength to keep going. I am so grateful to have you guys in my life :) You guys are such an amazing support and such a blessing in my life. Thank you so much. 
I won´t bleach my hair mom, don´t worry :) 

May 8, 2015
So today is the baptism of mauricio Vasquez.  My companion and I wanted to get all pretty for the baptism.  I was going to put on eye shadow, foundation, eye liner, powder, blush, mascara.  I ended up putting all of this makeup on and went walked out to do my studies with all this make up and I just didn't feel like me.  I felt like someone else.   It was so strange.  I sat down and started my studies and I couldn't focus because I felt like another person.  i looked at my compi and told her how I was feeling.  She told me I didn't look like me either.  She said she felt like she was sitting in the room with somebody else and that it was weird to see me doing the same facial expressions because I didn't look like me.  I also felt really uncomfortable with myself.  My companion said "Can you go and bring Hermana Romeril back.?" I went and washed off all my makeup and I looked in the mirror and thought "This is who I am."  Today, I finally felt the "click" that I've always wanted to feel. I've always wanted to figure out who I am - and that girl that used to wear the caked on makeup isn't me. 
It feels so amazing finally getting who I am.  I don't need tons of makeup, or money, or a perfect body to feel like me.  Kelby Ann Romeril isn't made up of those things.  Make up doesn't mark or show my beauty, the light of Christ does.  The light of Christ is the best brand of makeup.  Yo udon't ned a lot of money to buy it--you don't need any $.  The light of Christ highlights all your good features, in the perfect, natural way.

I love you so much!! I cannot wait to see you in november, seriously!! I hope you are doing well, you look really good!! Let me know if ther´s something I can do ok? 
Sorry this letter is kinda short, I was trying to send pictures and my computer kept shutting down but know that I love you all so much, and Im so grateful for you. I hope all is well and I hope you have a great week :) 

Our most recent baptism :)

We got BIKES!!

My compi died my hair :)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Week of May 4, 2015

Hello Familia!!! 

So, to start off with, I´m not super sure what time we will be skyping you on Sunday, but my companion and I are trying to figure it our with some members so we can uset heir computer. But we will let yáll know asap :) We´ll probably let you know on Wednesday or Thursday :) I´m so excited to talk to you guys!!!! :) ;) 

So, this week was pretty good, we went to the temple to work there and we were there for 3 days!! Hermana Wilson and I were so dang tired and by Saturday night we just wanted to be home! My voice was gone from my cold and talking so much so people could barely understand me. Hahaha. It was interesting. We traveled home and then we got home and the Elders were waiting for us with a sign that said Sisters on it. Hahaha. Then we went to church and we had someone go who is going to get baptized this Saturday!! His name is Mauricio Vazquez. He´s the cousin of a member. He´s really awesome, he has stopped drinking and smoking I think and he´s super prepared after years of hearing about the gospel! :) We just have so much to teach him this week, and Elder Koboldt has to give him his baptismal interview. It´s been hard to teach him because we have been at the temple for a while these past couple weeks, so we have a lot to do this week. Can yo9u all keep him in your prayers? It was a miracle this week because his parents have never wanted to know about the church, they´ve always kinda rejected it. But this week when we were at the temple we asked the elders to go visit Mauricio, so they did but he wasn´t there, but his parents were. And they invited the Elders to come in and they talked to them and actually went to the church activity the ward had that night, so that was a huge miracle. It would be so great to see that whole family in white. We´re going to go visit them tonight, we have a Family Home evening with him and his aunt and uncle who are members! 

Thank you so much for sending me the SD card!! The day I got the card was the day I ran out of space on my other SD card. Miracle!! Thank you so much for the letter, too :) I really appreciated it. It´s on my desk  :) I hope you get my birthday card/letter soon too!! :) 

In my interview yesterday with my district leader, he talked to me about the importance of setting goals and doing it long term and short termed. I had set a bunch of goals with my trainer when I was with her and it was cool to go look back and see what I wrote, I{m completing a lot of my goals I put, so I{m really content. It´s interesting, I didn´t set goals like how many people I wanted to baptize, or how many investigators I wanted to find every week when I was in training and setting goals for my whole mission. I set a lot of personal goals that would help me become a better person, and it´s really amazing being able to see these goals being completed. Really with Heavenly Father´s help, we can do anything. So goals are good. Keep setting them :) 

Hey prom week sounded super fun!! I really enjoyed the pictures, thank you so much for sending them to me :) I´m glad you got to go hang out with Robyn and do some fun things, you deserve it :) 

My relationship with my companion is really good, a really healthy one. My goal is to serve her. Do little acts of service every day. So one day I made her breakfast, sometimes I´ll write little notes, I bought her some tic-tacs and wrote her a little thank you note. Little things like that. Service really is the best thing someone can do. It makes everyone feel good. Sometimes we get in disagreements, but they never really last a long time. She´s the kind of person who likes to talk about things and work thigns out, she doesn´t like contention and she is really good about talking about feelings. Something she´s helping me better at. I am really grateful for her. I feel like she´s the kind of friend I´ve needed my whole life, I just had to wait to get to Argentina to find her :) She´s really great, I´m excited for the day when yáll get to meet her. 

My favorite part of the mission is simply being a missionary! I am at a point in my life/mission where I feel happy with who I am. I enjoy being me, which is a cool feeling to feel. My companion has helped me realize that if I don´t love myself, it´s going to be really hard to love other people. So I´m happy with who I am, with my imperfections, my defaults, my talents, and I´m happy to be here in the mission. I love being able to talk to people and get to know them. I feel comfortable with the language, and with teaching the lessons, and basically it´s just getting to know people and helping them with whatever they need in life. I´ve been able to learn a lot about life, too. I´ve seen so many different people and so many different experiences and I´ve been able to see them from an outsider´s point of view, and feel guided in how to help them come closer to God, and along the way these life experiences of the people become my life experiences. I get to know how to deal with different types of problems in life. It´s amazing. But I just love everything about the mission right now. Love it. it´s a huge priviledge to be here as  amissionary. 

My health is good!! Finally :) My stomach doesn´t even bother me anymore, like at all. My cold is going away too, I just have a cough like I always do in the winter, it´s starting to get cold here! But everything is going well with that, I knew it would all be okay at some point, because Elder Koboldt gave me a blessing a couple weeks ago and in my blessing he told me that everything was going to be okay, that in a while my health would be perfectly fine and that I just needed to have patience. Patience and faith. Heavenly Father really helps us when we show faith in Him. So that´s good .) 

I hope you recieve your birthday card soon, Mom!! Sometimes the mail system can be really slow. And can you tell Grandma Romeril that no I havent received her card with money in it yet? I don´t have a lot of time to write her and tell her. 

But, thank you for everything. Estoy  muy agradecida tenerles en mi vida. Tan solo hay 6 meses más hasta que estoy en casa otra vez. No es mucho tiempo. Va a pasar muy rápido. Sepan que les amo mucho, y que ustedes son una parte en mi vida muy especial. Gracias por todo, hasta domingo!!! 

Hermana romeril 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Update April 27, 2015

Hola everyone!

Me on P-Day

With a ward member, Luly.  She's a ward missionary!

This week was a pretty good week. We went to the temple and worked there from Monday until Wednesday. They´re pretty long days really but I´ve seen so many people come out of the temple tour to talk to us missionaries in the last room and there was one family that I don´t think I´ll ever forget about. They came up to me and asked me how they could be sealed together as a family, that they wanted that. And I said the first step is baptism and they were super interested, said they came through the temple because they saw it on the internet and got curious and wanted to experience it them for themselves. This all was such a confirmation that this church is sp true, and that God really knows his children! He knows what they all need. The first 2 nights we stayed with one of the assistants investigators and they speak English pero mal! They were born in Argentina and the grandma is from England. They were so awesome. Such a sweet family. And then the last night we went and traveled back to our area instead of staying at a hotel because we had appointments lined up for Thursday and we couldn´t miss them. 

So, when we got home from the temple a cold hit me pretty bad! There was a cold going around all the missionaries and I caught it, so I was home a lot of the days with that and a fever, but I´m mostly all okay now :) Not a lot of updates on the week because that´s kinda what we did there! 

When i got sick this week my district made me this sign and brought me some facturas

But I am so excited to skype you for mother´s day!! It´s coming so fast!! It´s so weird to think that this is all coming to an end, the mission, everything! It really does go by so dang fast! 
Mitch is going to prom?? Atta boy!! I´m glad he doesn´t have a date. Girls are stupid anyways! Wait until college :)

I think Kait is going to have a boy!! I´m so excited to be an aunt!! I´ll come home like 2 months after baby Beck comes! :) 
Ah and I still talk to connor every week! We´re still friends :) He is way excited to get married! That dog>!! 

I love you all so much, I hope you have the best week ever and I´ll be talking to you all in a few short week!!!!

Hermana Romeril 

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Update Week of April 20th

Hello family!!

So, I will update you on my health firstly. So, my stomach problem has gotten a lot a lot better,. And I´m not just eating jello and rice anymore, I have been adding things in and this week when I was working at the temple I saw Hermana Alliaud and she told me I have to start eating more things, that I can eat everything except fried things, junk food kinda things. So this week I´ve been eating fruits, protein, yogurt, all that stuff and I havent had any problems at all, and I haven´t had problems with my stomach, it doesn´t bother me at all. I went to the doctor on Tuesday to get things checked out and then yesterday morning I went and they took some of my blood and they´re going to check it out to see if everything is okay, and tomorrow they should be sending me an email with the results. So when I get them, I will let you know how they go, they should be coming through email. If they dont come this week, they will be here next Friday. But I really feel like Heavenly Father is blessing me right now. It´s really a miracle that I´ve been able to feel so much better and I haven´t had to take that medicine. I knew that not taking that stuff would be a good idea. But really really, I am doing so so much better. I feel a lot better, I have a cold right now, but really apart from that I´m doing well. I know that it´s hard being over there in the states and me being here in Argentina and me having these problems, and I know probably as parents it´s not fun to hear these things. And I´m sorry I always say I´m okay and sometimes I´m not feeling well, I just don´t want to worry you guys. I think I just have faith that everything is going to be okay. I think it´s probably hard for you guys because you get one update a week, and it´s either good news or bad news and you can´t ask questions that you need to quickly. But I want you to know that I feel a lot better. I´m okay, I promise. But I will keep you notified. Ask me instead of hermana Alliaud though, I will answer the questions you have. I´m sorry for putting you guys through this stress, I love you guys so much, and this is the last thing I wanted to put you all through. 
So, mom I hope you had the best birthday EVER!! I´m glad that the email went through to you, I wanted to send you something on your special day!! :) I´m glad the Vazquez family did too :) They´re amazing. Hermana Vazquez always washes our clothes and always invites us to her house, so she´s way awesome! You are beautiful seriously. Happy birthday :) :) I still want to try to send you the recording i made for you, but I don´t have my recorder with me right now, but I will try it on Monday :) 

So the temple this week was AMAZING! We worked a lot, 3 days straight for 12 hours straight! Let´s just say that my companion and I are beat! And also really excited to be back in Jesus Maria :)i e had transfers this week, and I´ll be staying with my companion fir 6 more weeks!! I´ll finish up her training :) I love her seriously, she is such a sincere, kind hearted person and she´s a great leader. Her potential is really really high, and I feel honored that God trusted me with her. Her spanish is also coming along really really well. People that meet her are always impressed that she´s only been out here for 6 weeks. GO HERMANA WILSON! 

Our investigators are doing well, Alejandra, Rut, ELena, and Joel didn´t make it this week to church, but we´re really hoping that they´ll be able to make it tto church this Sunday. They just need to go already!! They´ll love it! 
This week I was able to see Hermana Morris and Hermana Woolley! They are both going to be trainers, they are way excited :) :) I´m also really excited for them, they´ll be great :) Dang Mitch is going ot be on his mission really soon, the time comes very quickly!! 
But, I´m going to end this so I can send some pictures to you guys, again, I´m sorry for worrying you all back there. I´m being honest when I say rhat I have improved so so much. It´s really miraculous. I love you all and daddy, I hope you feel better. Keep on keepin on familia :) 

Hermana romeril

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Update from Hermana Romeril 4-18-2015

Chillin' in the collective

Me and my compi!

I love her!
Hello family!! :) I hope all is going well up there in H TOWN!! We had to write home a little bit later tonight because we were in Córdoba all day receiving some instructions because all of the Hermanas are going to work at the temple Open House!! And guess what?!? President Uchtdorf is going to be coming up for the dedication on May 17 and we´ll be able to meet him!! I`m so pumped up excited!! 
This week was, well, way interesting. We had the Sister Training Leaders come visit us on Tuesday but I had to stay inside all day with one of them because we had to go to the doctor and stuff and figure out what’s wrong with my stomach. We went to just a public hospital here and we went to a doctor and asked what´s been going on and I told him like barely anything when he cut me off and was like, you know´s because you´re stressed out. So your body is reacting this way. So he gave me 2 different pills to take and then after we went and bought them but I got home and the Hermanas left and I really didn´t feel good about taking these pills. At all. So I haven´t taken any of them yet. But the Elders did give me a blessing. And I talked to Hermana Alliaud and my companion and we decided that there´s not really a way it could be just from stress. But this week I think I´m going to go to the doctor in Cordoba... I´m still eating only rice and jello everyday. I think my immune system is just really sucky right now too, I had a fever on Saturday and Sunday. But it´s gone now, I spent a lot of the week in the house. I felt kinda discouraged, because all of this keeps being a problem. But yeah, I know I just need to trust in God, let Him know I´m here to do whatever he needs me to do. 
When we could leave the house this week, we started teaching a really amazing family. 2 families. One of the families have like 8 in their family, but we´ve only gotten to know 3 of them. They said they feel really good when we´re there in their house teaching and talking about the gospel. We´ve taught Rut, Ruth in english, Alejandra, and Elena. Elena is Alejandra´s grandma and Rut is Alejandra´s daughter. So we have another appointment with them this week, and we´re pretty excited for them. The other family we´re teaching is Serafina and Jorge. Serafina is Jorge´s mom. She´s an old abuelita I think she´s like 87 years old. Jorge is probably 47 years old and he´s blind. But we´ve been teaching them and seriously they are so amazing. The elders gave Jorge a blessing this week and it was really cool to see how comforted Jorge was. He has some health problems and after he got his blessing he told us he felt different and felt good, happy. And even before we could invite Jorge and Serafina to come to church this week, they committed themselves to go to church! Told us that they wanted to come. And then they gave us a referral to go visit this lady that was sick so we could say a prayer for her and teach her. We went and visited her and she received us immediately and we talked to her and the Elders are going to go give her a blessing too when we have our appointment this week on Wednesday I think it is. The priesthood is so awesome can I just tell you all? I´m so grateful that Mitchell and Dad have it. Seriously man. But also, when we were on companionship exchanges with the sister training leaders, my companion went and visited Cristina Lucero, who was going to be baptized on April 4th but couldn´t because she had to miss church because she was going to be in Córdoba. And Crisitna told my companion that she´s been thinking she needs to make some kind of change in her life, and she said that she feels like this gospel is really what she´s needing right now, and that she feels ready to progress. So that was really relieving. We thought we lost Cristina. But no, I think she could be ready to be baptized! The Elders also had an investigator, Marina, in the church this week! She´s so cute! She´s pregnant and she was talking to me for a little bit and she told me how she was catholic but she´s not catholic anymore, she wants to be baptized and keep coming to church. So that was really awesome to hear that. 
Yesterday we had a different kind of district meeting. Oh we always have our district meetings here on Sundays. So we went and Elder Koboldt decided we were going to talk about how we are going to find new investigators. We started doing practices, and Elder Barrett had the idea of calling a bunch of investigators that they had in their phone who were from both the elders´ area and ours. So we called them and I talked to this guy and he said, What are you going to invite me to do? What´s in it for me? What do I have to do? And I said, we invite you to be baptized by someone who has the authority of God, and he said, okay! I´ll do that. We were all like, BUENO! He lives in the Elders´ area so they´ll be going to visit them this week :) 
But yeah, this week was really good all in all. I guess you just gotta look at the good things that happen in everything. Thank you for sending the SD card seriously!! And about the pictures I Can actually go ahead and print them, I found a good way to do it, thank you so much for sending them all to me, they are exactly what I needed!!! :) You´re the best in the west!! ;)
Mitch, you´re awesome I love you man. I miss you and I miss talking to you! Ya vamos a poder hacerlo en solo 7 meses :)
Hey and I think my exact return date is November 15 so it´s coming up!! Thank you for al your support you guys, I am so grateful for each of you, I can feel your love even out here in Argentina, Never forget how much I love you all. Thank you for everything and I hope yáll have an amazing week :)

Hermana Romeril

Sunday, February 8, 2015

First week in Jesus Maria

hola familia!! So, my first week in jesus maria. It was really good!! Guess what? Norma and joaquin got baptized in san francisco!! I got permission to call her and talk to her :) She was so happy and felt so blessed to make this covenant with god. Oh my gosh I am so happy for her. I know this is all thanks to god, not to us haha. When I was younger I remember looking at the missionaries and I was like, they always look happy! Its not normal to be so happy haha. But on my mission I've realized that it is possible to be so happy! Like, theres so many challenges in the mission sometimes I'm just not even surprised when something hard pops up. But I'm happy even with the challenges. The challenges we have as a companionship in our area makes me feel like heavenly father trusts me enough to go through all of this. I enjoy being out here in jesus maria. I really do. We find some really good people to teach. And the members are working in the missionary work so hard! They find us people and our new investigators come from them. Really the people we find through the members are some of the greatest investigators who progress, so i challenge all of you to give referrals to the missionaries in your wards, I know they will appreciate it. Life is crazy and so busy, but heavenly father promises us with blessings when we do his will and when we help people come unto christ :) 
My health is doing good!! Now We run every day haha the first 2 days were so hard during the day, my legs were so sore!! So sore that when we were proselyting my legs didn't respond and i totally ate it on the street hahahaa. My companion didn't know what was going on and neither did i. It all happened so fast!! We have lunch with the members every day pretty much and its really nice, the moms all make us healthy hearty food haha and hen we have fruit and, fruit in the house to eat so thats good.) :) : ) Mom get better soon, Ill be praying for you:) 
So guess what? So many people have had lice here in jesus maria and in san francisco. I feel like its real live walking dead, except the zombies aren't following me, but the lice are hahaha. My companion got them the end of the last transfer and so I've been helping her take them out. And keeping my hair in a big bun on top of my head hahaha i told her, i wouldn't pick lice out of somebodies head for cualquier persona. And she laughed and said it's practice for when I'm a mom and i have to take lice out of my kids heads, that made me really nervous to be a mom haha. 
So we have 5 baptism dates for February 21. 3 of those people have to stop smoking, and all of them are pretty addicted. So this is going to take a lot of faith and a lot of, yeah, faith in god that this can all work out. We`ve been telling them that they have to first believe in god and then believe in themselves, because if they don't believe in theirselves, its not going to work out very well. So today after p day hermana amaya and i are going to read this study of how to quit smoking in 8 days. We`re going to read it and see if it'll work and have faith in god that he`ll work some miracles. I have faith in him, he`s the best, :) 
Hmm, but mom write about whatever happened this week!! I ove hearing about what you guys learn at church or in the scriptures and stuff like that because I'm able to share these experiences with my investigators :) Share with me things you would tell me if i was home, whatever you want :) I never get bored reading your emails, in fact, i always love reading about them :) :) what would you like me to write about? Anything in specific? You can write a list of questions or something like you do sometimes, i feel like theres just so much to tell you in an hour and i don't know which things to choose!! 
Oh yeah, so one of the best parts of my mission, teaching norma and joaquin who got baptized on Saturday, we left hem with the pamphlet of the restoration and we got to the lesson to start teaching and i was like, this all starts with god is our loving heavenly father, and shes like, ya ya i already ready that, whos joseph smith? She prayed about everything we taught her and she told us that god answered her and told her that it was the right thing. And she said everytime we came to visit her she had less and less doubts, until she told us she didnt have any more :) It also helped me grow my confidence, because its really cool to think about the things that i teach someone with my companion really are true, god tells the people we teach that were teaching the right thing, it makes me feel special i don't know if that makes sense. Makes me feel like i have a big purpose here. That people don't see Kelby and her imperfections, but they see a disciple of christ, a representative, and thats the best feeling ever. to have these investigators trusting you, ah i love it. 
But I hope you all have an amazing week, i love you all so much, Ill be praying for you like always , 

TE AMO!!!!
Hermana romeril 

The night before P day
I love my companion haha
I love when the elders let us use their bikes!

I'm walking on sunshine!!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

I got transferred to Jesus Maria

hola familia :)

So, I`m here in Jesus Maria with hermana Amaya again! It is very rare that companions get back together for a second time!  So, I left San Francisco this morning at 5:30 am and I got to Cordoba at like, 8:30 am! I traveled with Elder Mellor, Connor`s friend. He`s finished his mission!   

I got to the terminal in cordoba and hermana Amaya came to come get me and when she came i just felt love for her. Hermana Amaya and hermana Miranda opened up an area here in jesus maria, they're the first hermanas to be here, so they had been living with some members for 2 transfers while looking for a house to live in. They found a house and moved in about a week and a half ago. So when I came to the house today we only had 2 beds and a toilet and a sink, we didnt even have lights hahaha. But Elder Blanco, the pensionero, and Elder I cant remember his name drove hermana amaya and i up to jesus maria and they bought us some things for the apartment, plates, bowls, shower curtain, light bulbs, we have electricity now, haha :) And the best part is we got to pick out all  of our stuff for the house, and there are SO many pink things im in love with it!! And tomorrow someone is going to bring us a refrigerator and a closet for our clothes and a washing machine and some other things. Im really excited seriously. Something that hermana amaya told me, we were sitting in the car waiting for elder blanco and the other missionary, she said, i was so excited when they told me you were going to be with me again, I feel like i get one of my best friends back with me! We`re in a different area, with different missionaries and what not. And this time I'm not the junior companion. we`re both senior companions - so its a co-companionship. So thats cool too, well have to share all the responsibilities. We don't have a phone, haha they lost it on Saturday so I'm not even sure if well have a phone this transfer but thats okay, way less stress for sure. 

I heard the area here we have is really big, so well be taking a lot of collectivos haha. And the ward is really big here, they have like 140 members of the church, thats a lot! We had like, 40-50 in san francisco. they just had 3 baptisms too, they're working really hard out here, i feel really excited, nervous too, but more excited and ready more than anything. I am going to miss san Francisco, but when i got out of the car today in jesus maria, i just felt like this is where i need to be. I feel really good, i feel really excited to start working. 

The house we have isn't very big at all, its really small, but i am in love with it! It means there's not that much to clean on p days, haha we wont have to spend hours cleaning anymore lke we did in san francisco. I want to learn the area as fast as i can so i can hurry and learn it so i am able to help my companion. So I suggested that in the mornings when we go running we choose a house to run to of a member, or an investigator, or a less active, and so i can have more help learning everything and ya! if i get us lost, well that sucks we just have to run more hahaha. 

But, it was sad to leave san francisco, i really love the people there. it was hard leaving norma and joaquin, i wanted to see them get baptized so bad. but more than that, i am so excited that they're even getting baptized. its not important if i see it or not, because none of this is about me. its about them making covenants with god.  
So thats whats going on this week in my life! Thank you for the family letter, i read it last night after i printed it and it just gave me so much strength and made me think that this is all possible. 

like you said mom, i just have to believe in god, but not only believe in him, trust in him. I promised him i would do everything that he needed me to do when i accepted my mission call, so here i go. :) 

Espero que ustedes tiened una gran semana, llena de muchas cosas buenas. Voy a estar orando para ustedes, como siempre. Ustedes me dan la motivacion wue yo necesito para seguir adelante. Mi consejo para ustedes esta semana es seguir adelante tambien, recuerdense que amo a ustedes, ustedes son los mejores. La mejor familia en serio :) LES AMO!!
Hermana romeril

Me and Hermana Amaya!

My new PINK bathroom!

Last day in San Francisco :(