Sunday, March 29, 2015

Update from March 16th:
Well this has been a pretty look week. We have had a lot of doors closed in our faces and people to busy to talk to us. Summertime is finally over so school has started up and so we have not had much success. After many hours of walking and our feet being so sore. Heavenly father brings is many tender mercies. We decided to do some contacting in this new area for some old investigators that were progressing. We came upon Veronica. She had talked a couple times with old Hermanas’ but has stopped when they left. So we decided to take a chance to talk with her. She seem still really interested so hopefully we will be able to talk with her again soon. Lately our investigators have been young girls who are like all golden and ready to be baptized but cannot because their parents will not let them. it is such a bummer because you can see the strong desires to know more. So right now, we are trying to find more families to teach. All we can do right now is keep enduring to the end. As my favorite president Gordon B. Hinckley dad said " FORGET YOURSELF AND GO TO WORK" A lot of the times in missions you have really bad weeks and feel so useless but we often forget we are on the Lord´s time. It is not about you. It is about going out and doing your best even when it is really hard. It is all the Lord ask and he will do the rest. 
IN other words, Saturday and Sunday we had our district conference for our areas. Since Eldorado church building id the main building (like stake center) we had all the Hermanas’ from the cities Puerto Rico and IguazĂș. (yes that is where the waterfalls are) They all spent the night in our tiny little pension. it was not a good nights sleep, but i got to know my zone a little bit better. It was still hard because most of them are Latinos and i can barely speak the language. The conference was really good and there was a huge turn out. I was able to understand a little of everything being said. President LaPierre gave a wonderful talk as always. We were happy missionaries!
Hermana Dempsey

Update from March 23rd:

Well it has been a pretty interesting week. So my companion is a Sister training leader and has to do divisions with all the Hermana´s in my zone. On Tuesday, I was sent to Iguazu where the beautiful waterfalls are to do divisions with Hermana Quispe. I was pretty nervous because she doesn´t speak any English and my Spanish is still in progress. It went so great! Hermana Quispe is so kind and she is from Cusco, Peru. I was able to get to know her. She is the only member out of her family. I am sure it is not easy, but I definitely admire her for being so strong and such a good example. We did not have much time in our day so we went to visit some less actives and a recent convert named Manuel. It was so great to see such a strong desire to want to learn more coming from him. I read a little scripture to him and before I could finish it. He was already reciting it to me and then explaining it.. I was truly amazing. I love this gospel so much and how much it can just change one person in a short amount of time. I know I have grown so much just being on my mission for 2 months. I can feel my testimony growing stronger and stronger each day. Also I got to visit the tres frontiers while in Iguazu. Its where Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil are all separated by just a river. It was so cool to stand on the Argentina side and see just across to Brazil and Paraguay. I even could see in the distance the big city Cuidad de Este in Paraguay. I was so happy to experience that.
ON to the second best thing that happened this week. We found an (almost) golden investigator. He is so great and just wants to know the truth. He has been searching for quite a while and he thinks he has found it. We had our very first lesson with him last night. We talked a little bit about The Restoration. He really liked it  and wants to know more. So we set another date with him next week. I may not always know what is happening in my lessons because of the language barrier, but I know the Holy Ghost is always there. I can feel it and I know he could too. I just love how God puts these kinds of people in our paths. I know this church is true with all my heart. I know this gospel can bring so much happiness. You just cannot deny it. I love you all!!  Hermana Dempsey

Sunday, March 8, 2015


Well, I can say I am officially in Argentina. It took about two days to get to Posadas by three flights. I was definitely hit by culture shock. I can't understand anything they are saying and also they have siesta (nap) during the middle of the day, but I am loving it here. I stayed at the mission home with the LaPierre´s (mission president) for three days. We spent a lot of time getting too know each other. I just admire them so much and are amazing people. Then I got to meet my new companion. She is from Michigan and has only two months left. I will be her first child and last companion. It will be a sad day when she leaves cause I have grown to adore her so much. She is super sweet and really caring. After we met, I was taken on a bus four hours away to my new home called Eldorado. It is a pretty big city but not as big as Posadas. It is very hilly and super hot. On the plus side, a lot of ice cream places all around. We live right in center place on the third floor of a one bedroom apartment. We have a pretty view over looking a lot of Eldorado. My first few days have been kind of a blur. I have visited a lot of less actives and investigators. It is hard sometimes because I do not know what they are saying but I can pick out a couple words. Over time, I know it will get a lot better. I had my very first lunch on Friday. The food was so good but so much of it. I felt bad to say no so I just ate everything they gave me. I pretty much stay full till the next time we eat lunch. One thing, I like about Argentina culture is the people. They are all so sweet and so nice. When you go to someone´s house you clap outside their gate instead of knocking. All the women kiss each other on both the cheeks. I have never been kissed so much on my cheek in my entire life until I came on a mission haha. As missionaries, we can only shake the men's hands but they do it too. That is just their culture. Everyone drinks mata here. I see it in everyones hands that I pass by. There are also many babies with really good hair haha.  I attend a little branch with wonderful members that are so nice to me. I do not understand them half the time but with the Lords help I will become Fluent soon, but for right now I am going to go out and do the Lord's work. I love and miss everyone so much!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Week 4

This will be short.  I do not have mucho tiempo and not a lot to write about.  In the MTC, we do not exactly switch our schedules.  This week was pretty great.  I feel like it was a more laid back week. My third week was the pretty hectic one.  On Tuesday, we had our devotional by Gregory Shwitzer.  He made me think a lot about how I can be a better missionary.  The quote from the talk was " You have one shot... dont miss it. " I feel like being a missionary you have one chance.  We can not let our fears get in the way of striving to be better.   I think that it could apply to everyone not just missionaries.  Always look for those tender mercies that make you better. On Wednesday, I finally got to Host.  It was so fun, but so sad to see all the missionary's parents crying.  I felt like I was dragging them away, but at the same time promising the MTC is super fun.  All in all, it was a great experience  that I will get to do again this week.  Funny Moment of the week:   It was at night and Hermana Wood and I were trying to figure out what drink we wanted from the vending machine.  We started to rap and dance a little then all of a sudden we hear this sweet little voice saying " Oh, I love your dancing".  It was Sister Glacier ( Branch Presidency wife).  We were pretty embarrassed, but it made for a pretty funny story. I love being a missionary and the happiness it brings me.  I have learned so much in just a short amount of time. MIssions definitely come with challenges but the key is to just forget yourself and get lost in this great cause. When you stop thinking about your happiness and start thinking about others happiness, you truly have become a real missionary.  I miss yall so much! 

                                                                                            Hermana Dempsey

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Week 3

Okay, first I want to start by saying that I have almost made it to my halfway mark in the MTC.  Yay!!!  I also found out I will hit may one month mark on February 14th, Valentine day!  Well not much has happened this week.  On Monday, we got a new investigator name Cruz.  She is one tough cookie, haha.  We were able to teach her a few good lessons and she is going to be baptized now.  We have another lesson with her tonight.  Our two other investigators Alan and Fransico have decided to get baptized.  So, it was a good week.  On Wednesday, my entire zone was chosen to be guinea pigs over at the west campus.  We got to go into the  big white bubbles.  They were awesome !  We also found out that all the missionaries on west campus had to have their classes in apartment buildings.  That means 20 missionaries in one little apartment for class.  It makes me so grateful to be at the main campus.  We were over there to basically check out the classroom setup for the new add ons at the main campus.  It was a pretty fun morning.  The rest of the days we did a bunch of studying learning.  We hung out a lot with our zone because they leave next week.   It is so sad they are leaving.  We have all become good friends.  One district ( Hermana Dustin, Hermana Cluff, Hermana Cardon, Elder Porter, Elder James, Elder Henderson, Elder Jenson) are going to Resistencia, Argentina.  The other district (Elder puffin, Elder Diangelo, Elder Lines) will be going to Buenas
Aires North Argentina, Resistencia Argentina, Santa Cruz North Bolivia.

It is going to be weird being the only district.  So hopefully we get a new district this week.  I was so sad because we did not get to host last week, but I know for sure we get to host this week.  I think it will be really exciting to get all the new missionaries.

Okay, on to Fast Sunday, which means no breakfast or lunch.  It was a long day but I know I will get mucho blessings from it.  I also had to say the prayer and bare my testimony in Sacrament meeting.  I was freaking out the whole day because my Spanish is so bad.  I told myself,  I am a missionary now so I have to do these things.  After sacrament, my companion and I had to give the Sunday School lesson. It happened to be a very busy day for me.  The walk to the temple was the cherry on top .  The Provo Temple is so beautiful and it was such a gorgeous day.  Surprisingly,  Provo has not gotten any more snow since I have been here.  Well, that pretty much sums up my week.  I miss everyone so much and I love being a missionary.                    Hermana Dempsey

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Week 2

So, I would say this week has gone by super fast. You do not realize it's P-day until it is actually P-day. The days are really long and you're spiritually drained all the time but it is wonderful here. It has really helped to strengthen my testimony. Okay, so on to my days. This email might be short because there is not much to say. Our schedule stays pretty much the same. So, last Monday we finished our last lesson with Reyna, it was a sad day, but at least she agreed to be baptized. Then we found out she would be our new teacher and her real name is not Reyna. On Tuesday, we picked up a new investigator name Alan. We have had two lessons so far that have gone alright. It is just so hard to be able to talk when your spanish is so bad. Wednesday, it was so weird because we got new missionaries and we were not the newbies anymore. It was so weird to think we have been here for almost two weeks. I am so excited because we get to host Wednesday.  On Thursday, we had our service day. My comp. Hermana Hartley and I had to wash, sweep, and dry the stairs in our dormitories. There are four floors and two sets of stairs. It was a very long and tiring task, but we finally got it done after 2 hours. I love service time because we get to wear pants. I miss pants so much esp. in the cold. This weather makes wearing skirts so painful. I always cannot wait for Sunday because it is just so wonderful. My comp. and I were feeling stressed to the max because we have to give the Sunday School lesson next week and also got called as music coordinators for Sacrament.  So, we were feeling stressed until we went to Relief Society. We were able to hear some amazing talks that just strengthens you so much. The Spoken Word is just so sweet to hear every Sunday.  Sunday night we were able to have our devotional with the MTC manager over missionaries. He was so funny but gave an awesome talk about letting Satan push your buttons. Sunday devotionals are the best. You get to relax from your studying and hear some inspirational words. To end Sunday night, we got to watch Character of Christ by David A. Bedinar. I advise everyone to listen to this talk. It will change your point of view in ways you can not describe. It really changed my view on how I can become a better missionary. Okay funny moments of this week:
1. A bird smacked into our classroom window.
2. We convinced Elder Lines that Hermana Wood's first name is Katniss
3. Asian elder made fun of himself ( that was hilarious)
                                                                                           Well I got to go Te Amo,      Hermana Dempsey

Hermana Dempsey

Sunday, January 25, 2015

First Week

SO, I have made it a week (almost) in the MTC. This has been a very hard experience but also very exciting. I have felt the spirit so many times here. So in my district there are four hermanas (Hartley, Runnel  Wood, me) and three elders ( Chandler, Chauffeur, and  Henrie) we are all going to Argentina. Three hermanas to Posadas and one hermana and three elders to Buenas Aires South. My companion Hermana Hartley is so sweet and we're both going to Posadas. So that"s very exciting. She is from Utah.  Hermana Runnell is also going to Posadas. Our zone which is made up of three districts  is pretty awesome. We are all going to Argentina and one to Bolivia. Honestly, the days have been a mass blur. We are doing constant studying everyday.  I would say about 9 hours or more of companion, personal, language study. Its very intense but rewarding. My language is coming along. I have learn so much more spanish than I ever did in those two years of high school. Sundays are like the best days. You can feel the spirit so much. Its a good day to just have a break. The devotionals are always so powerful that it makes me cry. Okay, so on Friday we taught our first investigator in spanish. My companion and I were freaking out. We scripted everything and it is horrible. We also had to teach her on Saturday and it went so much better. You could feel the spirit so strongly. We got to go to the temple today. It was a good feeling to just let all your worries and doubts go away when you walked in. It made me miss home, but very grateful to be here serving the Lord. I love you all and please write me, email or Dearelder!!!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Kylee's adventure is about to begin.  She will be going into the MTC today January 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  She will be spreading the gospel and giving service to the people in the Argentina Posadas Mission.  We are so proud of her and the decision she has made to serve the Lord.  She will be in the Missionary Training Center for six weeks.  (This post was posted by Kylee's Mom)