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Hermana Emily Hooke
Argentina Salta Mission
Casilla de Correo 429
4400 Salta
Salta
Argentina

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Hermana Emily Hooke
Argentina Salta Mission
PO Box 30150
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150

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Emily Hooke
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

FELIZ NAVIDAD Y AÑO NUEVO!!! [Warning: Graphic content: "A random giant armadillo!"]



Surprise, today is P-Day!
It was SSOOOOO wonderful to see you all on Christmas, even though you had to get up dark and early in the morning! I was so happy that EVERYONE was there! 

Thank you everyone for the letters and stuff, I went to the mission office today and got bombarded with letters! It was a very happy moment!


Well this week we were able to see more milagros! We had been praying that we could find more less-active members in our area to teach because this neighborhood didn't exist a few years ago so if anyone who was already less-active moved here, no one would know, and there's no directory or anything anyways. But just this week a lady in another area told us that she has a son who lives in Huaico who is less active  and that she wants us to go visit him! Also this week we taught the dad in a family that is less active for the first time and he has desires to return to church and go to the temple with his family! 2 Nefi 27:23 - "Porque he aqui, yo soy Dios, y soy un Dios de milagros, y manifestare al mundo que soy el mismo ayer, hoy, y para siempre, y no obro entre los hijos de los hombres sino de conformidad con su fe." ["For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith."]

I love you all very much! Always read the Book of Mormon, it is 100 percent true!!  

Best,
Hermana Hooke
[I also wanted to share something Emily sent to me that I thought all would enjoy. She wrote: "I just wanted to share with you a nice comment I read inside a bubble gum wrapper.-.. Mom you are like a beautiful bright twinkling star......3 billion years old. hahaha Sorry I couldn't wait for your birthday to tell you that. I don't actually think you are that old I just thought it was funny. :)" ]
All wearing the same earrings!

A random giant armadillo

With the Tarifa Family on Christmas Eve

Elder White (aka Papa Noel) giving out fun things


Monday, December 22, 2014

FELIZ NAVIDAAAAD!!!!!

Hello!

Well I guess I'll start with the info you're dying for.....yes we found a family who has Skype, it works out perfectly at 11am my time [We will be able to Skype with her on Christmas at 6am our timee!!] . Woohoo how exciting! I look forward to seeing you! I have 40 mins.

Well, milagro de la semana [miracle of the week].....we were able to teach Facundo (also he came to church), from all those months ago, who said he didn't want us to visit him anymore. He has changed a lot and has a lot of sincere questions. Keep him in your prayers please! Really it was amazing to see that God prepares His children in His time.

This week we had a Christmas 3-zone conference and in the white elephant gift exchange I got a cool mug. For our girfts we made tie dye shirts, that was fun. 
 
Well .... HASTA EL JUEVES [until Thursday]!!!! 
Love you all very much!
Best,
Hna Hooke

Monday, December 15, 2014

What a Whet Wheek!! [WARNING: Graphic content--picture of a huge snail!!]

[Turns out that Hna Ixmatá is from the exact area where I (Lori) served MY mission to Guatemala eons ago, and we even have a common acquaintance!! As Emily says, "El mundo es un pañuelo!" ("The world is a handkerchief"...i.e. "It's a small world!")]
 
Hello all,
Hope all is well, and that your Christmas trees and lights are up! I am quite excited for Navidad! We started an advent paper chain sometime in early November, haha.
Hna Hooke's & Hna Platino's Christmas Tree
Well yes, this week has been very wet, lots n lots of rain, and also the baptism of Liza!!!! It was very special. In spite of the rain tons of members showed up and also brought good things to eat, so that was a plus. Her mom came and said she felt the Spirit. She is never home when we teach Liza but secretly she has been reading all the folletos (pamphlets?) we leave for Liza and has even read parts of the Book of Mormon and she likes our message. Hopefully Liza will be the example her family needs to learn more about the gospel! 
Liza's Mom?, Liza, Hna Hooke, Hna Ixmatá
There was a sapo (toad) just outside the baptismal font, Liza's mom said it's good she didn't see it because apparently she's deathly afraid and would have fainted, haha. Luckily Elder White caught it and put it outside.
Also I almost stepped on this snail.
Ugh!
I've been studying in the New Testament and there is something similar in many of the parables and teachings of Christ. In the parable of the pearl of great price and the hidden treasure (Matthew 13, I believe), in both cases the price to obtain the treasure is the same - it doesn't matter if we are rich or poor - the price is everything we have. This is what Jesus told the rich young man who came to him and asked what he needed to do if he was already keeping all the commandments, and Jesus told him to sell everything that he had, give the money to the poor, and follow Him. In our lives we may not have to sell everything that we have, but we do need to be willing to give everything, sobre todo [above all] our selfish and sinful desires, like the father of Lamoni in Alma 22:18 who said that he would abandon all his sins to get to know God. [Lamoni's father's prayer: "O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day."] 
There's a quote that I like a lot that I don't have with me but its something like 'Our will is the only thing uniquely personal that we can put on the altar of God.' [Actual quote: “The submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar. The many other things we ‘give,’ are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us. However, when you and I finally submit ourselves, by letting our individual wills be swallowed up in God’s will, then we are really giving something to Him! It is the only possession which is truly ours to give!” (Elder Neal A. Maxwell, LDS General Conference, October 1995)]
Well I don't have more time but I love you very much, take care!!! 10 more days til Navidad (I think!!!)
Love,
Hermana Hooke

Monday, December 8, 2014

Milagros estan pasando en Ciudad De Milagros!!! (Miracles are happening in City of Miracles!!)

Hola!!!!

First, Mom, where you served your mission [Guatemala Quetzaltenango] is in Hna Ixmata's stake at home!!! Do you remember any of the people there?

Thanks everyone for the prayers and emails!

This week was good, we are learning a lot. When I was finishing my entrenamiento [training] I was "rell" excited that when I finished we would have a lot more time (because of a lot less studying) to visit all the people we need to visit, because we were always pressed for time. Well, this week we sure had more time, but also I don't know what happened with all the people that we had to visit, we ended up tocando puertas [knocking doors] for a looong time. But, we found 20 new people to teach!!!! And families! ("new" meaning that they received us, we taught a lesson and have an appt to return.)
We saw many miracles yesterday especially on fast Sunday, best of all, Liza and Antonela both came to church....with members!!!! We passed by for Liza and she said that Aylen was coming to pick her up, and another family passed by for Antonela and she was sitting in RS with the hermana when we walked in!!! It was seriously a miracle! Especially because we were very worried that Liza wasn't going to come to church. BUT she came and she is super excited for everything and even registered for PFJ (like EFY [a regional church program for youth])! It really makes all the difference when investigators have a friend in the church! So make sure when you see someone new at church to talk to them and make them feel welcome!

Here's a tidbit of good news, 2 people in 1 day thought I was my companion on the phone! Hopefully by the time I leave I can convince the people I am from Buenos Aires...

We can Skype with the family for 40 minutes on either Christmas Eve or Christmas. I guess I will tell you more when I know more.

You have probably heard of a Christmas message dealio the church has, it's a video called "El es la Dadiva" ("He is the Gift", in English, I suppose) and it's very good, I invite you to watch it if you haven't! christmas.mormon.org


Love you all!
Hasta el proximo lunes,
Hermana Juc  [Spanish pronunciation of Hooke:) ]

Monday, December 1, 2014

Traslados!!!! [Transfers!]

Hola! Espero que todos esten bien! Bueno, Hna Platino left today for *Jujuy! (a province more to the north) I learned so much from her, it's crazy my training is already over. My new compañera is Hermana Ixmata (ish-ma-TA) from Guatemala! She is really nice and calm and full of love and I am sure I will learn a lot from her too! She only has a few months more than I do in the mission.

Sounds like y'all had a good Thanksgiving! Glad you enjoyed it with the family and also glad you enjoyed the fotos I sent.

This week Liza progressed a lot, she is super excited about everything still, reads the BoM and prays every day and even taught her friends at school the 10 commandments and what she learned in church! Woohoo she will be the first person I am able to teach who gets baptized! She is awesome. Also this week we worked with Aldana and Oscar, a 20 yr old couple who are also super awesome, they are both studying and came to a Noche de Hogar ("family home evening"] activity in the church and liked it a lot. Please pray for them and for Oscar's health too.

That is INCREDIBLE the guys' team [VHS Cross Country] won state! Daanggg they must be supah fast! That's crazy they are going to nationals!!! Wow.
This week we did divisions [when each companion makes visits with another person] with the YW president Daniela and Hna Reales. I went with Hna Reales to visit her neighbor to help her with her English homework (but she didn't really need help....she is suuuper advanced and asked me to revise her essay in which she used the word pedagogy....) and after we were able to have a small lesson. Her name is Marta and she is really great and prepared for the gospel. She has a 3 yr old handicapped son named Donato. But when we returned to visit her, her husband was there and he is not interested at all...it's always sad when we know our message will bless their family so much but one person wants to listen and the other no. Also when we passed by the Diaz family we talked with her husband and he listened to the missionaries about 10 yrs ago and said it was a really good experience, he went to church and read the BoM and prayed but in the end he said he never felt like getting baptized, and he doesn't want to have disunion in his family. But we talked with him and he agreed to read his old copy of the BoM and pray again with his family, and I think his family just needs some time. It's sad when people who seem so sincere don't recognize good feelings as an answer, but really peace is what we all desperately need in our lives, and this is what the gospel brings. I love in the intro to the BoM where it says that this book contains what we have to do to find peace in this life and salvation in the next. Tha'ts a pretty important book if you ask me. Well all is well here in Huaico, the church is true, life is good. Love you! Hasta el proximo lunes!
Hermana Hooke
*[I, Lori, find "Jujuy" (pronounced "hoo HOO ee" to be a wonderful word for occasions when "Yahoo!" doesn't quite fit:)]

Monday, November 24, 2014

EMPEZAMOS LA ULTIMA SEMANA DE MI NIÑEZ ("We started the last week of my childhood", which perhaps means her training is almost finished:)

November 24, 2014
Hola! This week was good, I feel very much accustomed to and am enjoying the mission life. Last week Hna Platino helped me make the same decision that Pres Hinckley made on his mission, to forget himself and get to work. I committed (better late than never) to really give my all every day, in every study, every lesson, physically and spiritually. It has really made a difference.


3 weekly highlights-

1 Paola (Nicole's mom) and her family are going through some rough times, we were able to visit her with our district leader and they gave her and her mom priesthood blessings. It was a really sweet experience. I felt so strongly that they are daughters of Heavenly Father and have so much potential because of this! Keep them in your prayers, and especially that Paola can have the strength to close her little store on Sundays so she can come to church. They are in a tight spot financially but she knows she will receive blessings for doing it.

2 We are teaching a 16 yr old girl named Liza and she is progressing so much! She is really excited about everything and fulfills her commitments that we leave her and she came to church yesterday! We are working with  her to be able to be baptized 13 of Dec.

3 Yesterday before leaving the pension Hna Platino prayed that we would be able to find a family. Later on we were walking and I remembered a man I had seen in the corner of my eye outside his house a few blocks back and felt like we should go back. Whenever I have these impractical thoughts it's hard to know if it's just a random thought or if it is the Spirit, you just have to act and by the results you will know it was really the Spirit. We went back and his wife let us in and we taught a lesson to her and their 4 kids, it was really a good experience. We will keep visiting them and see how it goes! Keep them in your prayers too (Familia Diaz).

Well I hope all is well in the States, enjoy your turkey while I am eating empanadas and alfajores! Love you all! 

Hna Hooke

This is why maxi skirts are not allowed...


Monday, November 17, 2014

[Short but sweet/ TELEFÉRICO!]


 Hi Mom, love you! Got your letter today. Thanks! We don't have time today because we went to the teleférico - you can google it, I will send pics next week hopefully if I have time! Sorry I don't have time but all is well, we are alive and breathing and missioning. Hope you have a great week!
Love
Hna Hooke

[Here is the link for interested persons: The teleférico is an aerial tramway...   http://www.telefericosanbernardo.com/en/Teleferico/]





Monday, November 10, 2014

Officially 3/4 of the way a fully trained missionary!

Buenos dias!!

That's awesome you got to see Jon race in Clovis! Congrats on the PR Jon! Also that's cool you recorded a song all legit-like, I look forward to hearing it one day!

Our primary program was this week too!! And guess who played the piano, yours truly! It turned out decently, no one got mad at me at least, haha.

Thanks for the prayers and letters and love!

This week we had interviews with Pres Chaparro [her mission president]. He is such a good and inspired man, you can just feel it when he looks at you that he has such a strong and good spirit. He helped me a lot.

The Aguero family came to church yesterday, but please pray that we will know what to do with them, what we need to teach them to help them progress more and understand the importance of it all. We have been teaching a 16- yr-old girl named Liza who is so great, she already prayed about the Book of Mormon and knows it's true, and she accepts all our invitations before we even finish the question! She just needs to come to church. Please pray that our investigators will be able to come to church this week.

Learned a lot about patience this week.


Last Monday we bought a little Christmas tree and made a paper chain counting down the days til Christmas, also we bought a playground ball and I taught Hna Platino how to play Kill (it's not as violent as it sounds) so that adds some fun to the mish life.


Hope all is well in the good ole U.S., I love you all so much! Keep on keepin on, the church is true.
Love, Hermana Hooke

Monday, November 3, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JON!!!! [Spiritual lessons]

Wow I had so much to say this week but I am desperately short on time!!!!

First of all thanks everyone for the emails and such, hope everyone is doing well!

I am learning so much, but there are 2 things in particular that I learned this week that I want to share. First, when we feel like God isn't answering our prayers, remember that our faith must be in Jesus Christ, not in results. Faith that He knows everything and knows what is best for us and for others, and just to trust in Him that everything will work out for the best. The 2nd thing I learned is the spiritual power that comes with fasting. Saturday evening was the most amazing experience. We felt the Spirit so much when we taught and felt we really had power and authority and protection. I wish I could tell more detailed stories but I don't have time, but moral of the story, the church is true!!! I know I am in the Lord's work and in the best mission in the world - the mission of saving souls! Love you all mucho!
My new favorite scripture - 2 Nefi 26:24 ["He [Jesus Christ] doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him.  Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation."]
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Love
Hna Hooke

Monday, October 27, 2014

Holaaaa! [HOT weather, healthy foods, haircuts, piano lessons, pillows, & more prepared people:)]

October 27, 2014
Holaaaaaa
Hope all is well [with everyone at home], and respective other locations of recipients! Life is good in Salta! Wow I didn't realize it was so hot, I tried to do conversions [from Celsius to Fahrenheit] but I think I did it wrong because I came up with 130 degrees F, so if that was true I would probably be dead.

The whole Aguero family came to church on Sunday, as well as a new investigator Silvina and her 2 kids. That was great!

Thanks for the advice dad, I completely agree. I don't want baptisms, I want converts [i.e. people shouldn't just be baptized before they are really converted]. Reading the Book of Mormon together with the investigator makes a big difference. This week we saw a big change in Nicole and started teaching her mom too, and they both are changing a lot for the better- more happy, more peace. They both accepted to be baptized, so pray for them that they will continue to progress. Her mom's name is Paula.

Oh yeah so we went to lunch with Hna Reales on Wednesday and she is into the whole healthy food thing, and it was really funny because my comp has never eaten anything healthy in her life. She ate a raw carrot for the first time EVER.

Also Wednesday was my piano class, I had 4 students this week, so that was good! The bishop's son said he wanted to come, so as it was starting we called the bishop to ask if he was gonna come. He replied that THEY are on their way. This scared the living daylights out of me because he has 11 kids, and I thought all of them were coming. Luckily, only 2 of them came.



We definitely saw miracles this week! We taught the most lessons we ever have, we found some really prepared people, and this week I really felt the Spirit helping me as I taught. Like that scripture in Doctrine and Covenants--I forget where, but it says "open your mouth and it will be filled." I really felt that this week.

Love you all and if I can I will send pics...

I CUT HNA PLATINO'S HAIR TODAY... I can't believe she trusted me. It ended up about 6 inches shorter than I intended because one side was too long, then the other, then the other, etc....but she is nice
and didn't kill me or anything, so that's the good news. Other good news, we got pillows today! We still need curtains though. Our pension [apartment] is very new.

Love you , have a good week!

Best,
Hna Hooke

Monday, October 20, 2014

Feliz Dia de las Madres (at least in Argentina!)



Monday, October 20, 2014

Note: as always, [words in brackets] are Lori's:)
Hola familia,
Yes this week flew by! As usual. Yep I am officially starting my 2nd transfer here in Huaico!  Crazy. Hna Platino has 8 months left. [A "transfer" is 6 weeks long and may result in a change of companions and/or area.]

We haven't been able to see Jorge and Gema. It's very difficult to find people at home. The neighborhoods we work in, most everyone works all day and sets our next appt for like a week away, and then they aren't there. So even when new investigators seem promising we don't see them for like 2 weeks and it's impossible for them to progress. ["Progressing" includes keeping commitments to live a better life, reading from the Book of Mormon, as well as attending church on Sundays]. We are doing our best. 

Hno Aguero is out of town visiting his mom for Mother's Day, and he always works too, so we can almost never teach him. We found ELEVEN nuevos [new interested people] this week! Please pray for them that they will be able to progress, and also just that all our investigators in general will be able to progress. Hna Aguero and Facundo came to church yesterday, and Hna P and I taught gospel principles [Sunday School class], and it went very well. 

Now that the problem is over I'm allowed to tell you: we always are running out of money because the ATM by our pension [apartment] doesn't accept our cards, but today my mission debit card finally worked!!!!! Woohoo that was a relief. We are trying to eat more healthy, and a new family moved into a new part of our area who is "de diez" (like 10 out of 10). Hno Reales served a mission in CALIFORNIA and is studying to be an English professor, and his wife knows all about health foods and stuff and is gonna give us recipes, and also is going to give us lunch us on Wednesdays. Hooray! More almuerzos! My shoes are fine.

That's a rell nice story about the dead possum...haha. Glad you got that fixed. [An uninvited possum chose the crawl space under our house to die...]

Wow sounds like everyone and their mom is "meeting the Mormons"... [We have taken several friends to see the movie "Meet the Mormons"--still in our area through Wednesday I think--a very inspiring movie about 6 different Mormon families in different parts of the world--each with their own story. I think anyone would find it inspiring! If you haven't see it, SEE IT:) ] I will have to see that one day. 

This week we had the historic 1st ever meeting for only hermanas. It was wonderful, and big for hnas, they gave us cookies and stuff and talked about a lot of stuff that was very uplifting and helpful, like health tips, how to get along better with our comps, and Proverbios 31:10 ["Who can find a virtuous woman?  for her price is far above rubies."] A part that was very interesting is that Hna Chaparro [mission president's wife] had everyone write on a sticky note a physical challenge and a spiritual challenge and put them in a box. She read them out loud and then everyone wrote on another sticky note advice for someone else´s trial that had been read. She then read these pieces of advice out loud and it was amazing to see that the same people who had these trials also had so much wisdom and help.

Sisters Meeting

The weather here is unpredictable. This week we had the hottest (and I mean HOT...someone said 40 degrees Celsius...not sure exactly what that is but its over 100F. [I looked it up--104F]) and also crazy rainstorms, and it gets cold when it rains. Also this week a fun experience was that some stupid little rat dog with a pink collar outside someone's house (Hna P said ¨fue como un gatito recien nacido¨)  ["it looked like a newborn kitten"] bit my ankles.  It was rather funny. I don't have rabies, don't worry--it didn't even break the skin. That's all the time I have, I love you!
Hna Hooke

Monday, October 13, 2014

P-day already!!! [New ward, crazy storm, unorthodox lesson, morning running!]



October 13, 2014
Nooooo I just had like half my letter typed and accidentally erased it all!!! I will try to remember what I said!

Hello all, loves and kisses from Salta!

We couldn't see Jorge and Gema this week. We had an appt but he's a cop and got called in to work. Please keep praying for them, we are pretty sure he is the future temple president of Huaico. [To answer Mom's question,] I watched half of conference in Spanish and half in English.

This week we went for the first time to what is now the furthest part of our area, random houses kind of spread apart along a highway that pretty much goes all the way to Chile, and we aren't sure how far our area goes, because I don't think there are more missionaries over there. But anyways, literally every house along this highway is the house of less active members of the church. We were able to teach some lessons. It's hard for them to go to church though because they are families and I don't think they have cars, only dirt bikes, and the church is pretty far away.

Also this week there was a crazyyyy storm! It was rell [Hooke family slang for "real"] hot and my comp and I had just bought ice cream bars when it started pouring and wind-ing like crazy. We went to the house of a member who luckily lived around the corne,r and it started to hail like half the size of golf balls or bigger! We called a remis (like a taxi) to take us home because it was already night, but no one would go out in the storm. But Bro Rodriguez was valiant and drove us home! It was pretty exciting.

Friday we had zone training and we learned a lot about being diligent not only physically but spiritually, and when we applied what we learned I could feel SUCH a difference in our contacts [interactions with people].

Yesterday we met with the Cidudad del Milagro Ward for the first time and it was WONDERFUL! Everyone was so welcoming to our little group of people and it was mind blowing to see things running like a well-oiled machine where people actually do their callings. For example, before [when we met with just our small group] we would have Correlation Meeting with just the bishop and missionaries, and yesterday we actually had Ward Council with the Primary [children's group] president, Relief Society [women's group] president, lots of people! And people who actually do things! Like when we mentioned that Hno Aguero needs to have more fellowship with the members (no he didn't end up getting baptized this week, and he is traveling next week), a man immediately offered to go with us to a lesson. It's amazing when the members do things, like 50 percent of our responsibilities are gone now--ok not 50 percent, but it's SO much better when the members do things. Moral of the story: do things to help the missionaries; it makes their lives better!

We were able to see some miracles this week in finding people who God has really prepared to hear the gospel. We have been having trouble, though, with investigators actually progressing, following through with their commitments, etc, and actually becoming converted, and I think what we need to do is read with them more. We will see how this helps, but I felt pretty strongly that this is what we need to do.

A random story, we were trying to find a reference (referral) and her brother was home and invited us in. My comp was so eager to get in any door that she went in and I was left wondering what in the world we were doing. Clearly there was like a birthday party or something going on, with a bunch of people and like 20 bottles of wine on the table. But my comp proceeded to go around the table learning names and attempted to teach part of a lesson. It was very funny, and a very unorthodox environment for a lesson, but I guess it was good because apparently just before we arrived they had been talking about God and families, and my comp shared a scripture that answered their questions. 

Oh also, randomly my comp said that she wants to start running and for me to train her. She asked how long it will take before she can run without getting tired and be in better shape. I said 3 weeks. After the first day, I changed my mind--it will take a lot more than 3 weeks. Haha, but we have been running pretty much every morning and it's a fun change. I've even taught her drills and strides and stuff, it's pretty fun. There's always random dogs running by us too. It's like the good ole days with the team, haha.

Wellll I love you and pray for you, and believe it or not I even miss you! But I'm learning and improving and growing a lot.

Mil besitos [a thousand little kisses],
Hna Hooke



Monday, October 6, 2014

What a Wheek!!




 October 6, 2014 

Hola all!

Thanks everyone for the emails, and I hope you are all doing well and remembering to be happy in your daily life! As I told Cath, if there's one thing I've learned on the mish, it's that attitude is everything.

Well, this week was wonderful!!! We had exchanges on Wed. so I was in a different part of Salta with Hna Tingey, and it was amazing...made me realize how difficult our area is, and at first I was sad to go back to our area but then I just decided to be more determined to find success and that it takes a lot more creativity in our area. 

I taught my first piano lesson Wed. night! So far my only students are my comp and 1 recent convert (Andrea) but this week we are expecting at least 3 more students! It was a lot of fun--even though I had no idea how or what to teach, it turned out well.

Also another creative idea we are planning to unite our little group with the new ward we are joining with, as well as the community, is that there are a bunch of empty plazas in the neighborhoods, and we are gonna plan a big project to plant trees in the plazas!

Our first thunderstorm this week! It was cool and I can't wait for rainy season...Dec and Jan. It will be so green and pretty!

What else...OH when I was with Hna Tingey she gave me THIRTY references of people to contact in our area because she was in my area before it split into its own area, and all the paperwork stayed with the original area. Some of these we were able to teach, which was great. 

The miracle of the week was last night we taught a lesson to a family. Jorge and Gema are the parents, and they have 1 son and she is pregnant. About a week ago on a rough day we knocked 3 or 4 whole blocks and had left a Libro de Mormon with Jorge because we could just feel that he was prepared. (Our mission president challenged us to inundate the land with LdMs [Books of Mormon], and we are starting to see the fruits of our efforts in this for sure!) We taught them a lesson last night and the Spirit was very strong, and Jorge had read the first 15 chapters! They said that when they ask God and know that what we taught is true, they will want to be baptized!! Also Hno and Hna Aguero and their daughters came to conference on Sat [Church semiannual general conference, available at lds.org]! And he wasn't able to be baptized this Sat but we have set his date for the 11th. Please continue to pray for them; we are certain this time he will actually be baptized!

Speaking of conference, WOW it was so great! And how was that Cataract Canyon reference, Jon? haha. There is a member here who goes out with us sometimes and she mentioned that white water rafting is her fave sport and I told her Jon is a [river] guide, and she wants to meet (and-or marry) him. Also she asked me about formula 1 cars and I think she would like our family very much.

I can't remember anything else, but thank you for the prayers and thoughts and I love you all! Here's a brief spiritual thought from conference...I think it was very significant that so many people spoke on following the prophet and acting on what he teaches us, and then when the prophet spoke his message was very simple and clear. Be a little kinder, follow Jesus Christ. I hope we can all try to do this every day! This was a week of miracles and I'm so grateful we are finally starting to see the fruits of our work and effort.

Love you all!
Hermana Hooke



Got these pics recently from her mission president's wife's online page...would have been taken around Sept 10




That's a lot of missionaries!!


Monday, September 29, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!! / The joys of panaderias and positive attitudes




September 29, 2014  HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!!!

Hello there!
I hope everyone is doing well and that Dad is partying it up for his 23rd birthday. That's cool about your new temple job mom, I'm sure you'll be great at it!
No, we didn´t see any [church women's] broadcast, didn't even know about it.

Well if there´s something important I learned this week, it's that an alfajor (or factura) [gingerbread:)] a day keeps the  blues away. Please remind me if I get married when I'm 65 that I will only marry someone who owns an Argentine panaderia [bread shop/bakery].

This week was still pretty hard, we still didn´t find anyone new to teach, but my attitude was a lot better. It helps that my comp is very positive. Sometimes it´s rell funny...for example, some lady wagged her finger at us through her window and then disappeared, and we waited for a minute because... I don´t really know why... and Hna Platino said that maybe she was just getting us cookies and soda. Also someone asked through the door who was there and after we answered, she locked the door, but Hna P said "I think she's still trying to open it..." I don´t know if those stories make sense but they were funny to me, haha.

One cool experience we had this week was working well as a team to receive revelation. We were walking home one night and Hna P said, "We need to go back and talk to that boy," so we did. We ere talking to him and it turned out he and his family were already members of the church and attend a different ward. We were about to leave when I knew I needed to ask him how old he was to segue into the topic of going on a mission. He said he was 21 and so we talked with him about going on a mission. He said he just didn´t have desires to go, and I hope we were able to help, and that maybe us talking to him was just what he needed to decide to go, who knows!

We´ve been focused on giving out libros de mormon with the goal of 2 a day... We have had some pretty cool experiences so far but pretty much every good contact we make is with someone who just happens to be in our area but doesn´t live there. But there are lots of other missionaries who owe us a thank you. :)

I am officially legal in Argentina [she has her visa!], so that´s the good news. Also I think my hair is growing fast. Also we made empanadas for the 1st time yesterday. They were very good even though they were filled with hot dogs and pizza sauce, because that's what we found in our fridge, haha. Also good news, we had 3 investigators at church yesterday, including Bro and Sis Aguero! [Thanks for your prayers, everyone!] Their daughter gave a talk too that was very good.

Starting the week after general conference, we will start meeting our little group with a ward in a neighboring town, Ciudad de Milagros. I think it will be good to have more people, but now there are different problems. For example, one new convert will not be able to come to church now because she works in the mornings and our church met in the evening, but now we will be meeting in the morning. So we need to figure out what to do about that.

I guess these are the highlights of the week! Also, Salta has the most beautiful sunsets every day!!! I learned how to say sunset, la puesta del sol. Anyways, hope you are all doing well, I LOVE YOU!
Hna Hooke

Monday, September 22, 2014

HOLA!!! [Ups and Downs]

First Mission Conference: Hna Hooke is just to the right of the adults in the second row:)

September 22, 2014

Hello on my 2nd p day in Salta! [p day = "preparation day"--write letters, do laundry, grocery shopping, etc]

Sorry I will do my best to write a good letter but it literally took a half hr to load my email....pretty sure this computer has every virus known to man. Anyways.

Hope you are all doing well, and thanks everyone for the emails! I love to read them and know that I do read them even if I don{t have time to respond! 

This week was very up and down, as probably every week on the mission will be. Oh also sorry for saying last week that I was sick, it probably worried "Abuelita Lori" [Em's little nickname for me...], but don{t worry I{m fine now. 

Anyways, this week we got to go to Vaqueros, a nearby little town in our area. It is much poorer and more rural with random goats and sheep running around. But I love it there, it{s my favorite place so far because it is beautiful and the people are soo nice and humble and good, and the kids run up and hug us when we pass by. Probably kind of like Guatemala, mom! The sad news is that we found out also this week that Vaqueros is no longer in our area. [Missionaries are assigned to certain geographical "areas," and sometimes the boundaries are changed.] We even had an investigator [a person interested in learning more about the church], a really nice lady named Rosio, who is getting baptized. Maybe we can get special permission to go to her baptism.

I think I mentioned Facundo last week, the bf [boyfriend, for all of you older generationers:)] of a recent convert who didn{t believe in God. Well we invited him to pray to ask if God exists and he said that after he prayed he got really happy and energetic like he just wanted to start running. So he called his friend and they went running. Haha. So we will keep working with him. He was our only investigator at church yesterday. Speaking of church, it's a group of about 10 people who meet, I played piano, Hna Platino directed. Everyone is very nice though, and gives us good food. [ A "group" is the smallest organized unit in the church. Larger congregations are branches or even larger are wards.]

What else what else...I don{t have time! I guess I will say that the saddest part of the week was a lesson we had with a lady who entered the temple, served a mission, and is less active in church now. She KNOWS the church is true and she knows it is her responsibility to teach her daughters but she has just hardened her heart and she would rather deal with the consequences of not doing so. It was very sad to see. Please pray for the Aguero family. The daughter is already a member and her dad wants to be baptized but something happened and he was too embarrassed to come back to church. It{s too bad. Some things like this frustrate me. 

Anyways, enough negativity, this week we worked a lot and couldn{t find new people to teach, but we will continue working and next week will be better!

Love you all! Thanks for the thoughts and prayers!
Hna Hooke 

Monday, September 15, 2014

HELLLLOOO from SALTA!!!

September 15, 2014 [keyboards are different in Spanish!]

Buenos Aires Temple
 Well, after about 40 plus hrs of traveling, I finally arrived in Salta at midnight on whatever day that was [maybe the evening of the 10th?], then we went to eat dinner at Pres Chaparro{s house, and got to bed about 3am before waking up to go to an all day transfer meeting and a member of the 70 [Elder Zaballo] talked to us too.

President and Hermana Chaparro, Emily's Mission Presidents  




Picture from Sister Chaparro's blog--the new group of missionaries!
My trainer (mi mama) is Hna Platino and she is great! She is from Peru but lives in Manaus Brasil, didn{t Tommy or Jon serve there? Sometimes I forget that she doesn{t speak English because she often serves as a translator between me and other people....I don{t know if it{s her accent or what but I can understand her way easier than anyone else here. I{m learning Castellano fast (not espanol, castellano) and I{m able to contribute to lessons minimally.

One of my first impressions of Argentina...we were outside waiting for a colectivo (bus) and we were across the street from a hospital and a teenage boy ran down the sidewalk by us holding an IV rack that was still connected to his arm. Haha.
 
Que mas. I was pretty frustrated the other day because we walked for over 30 mins to go to an appt at a lady{s house and she wasn{t home so we called her and she was at work. Why didn{t we call her before we went all the way there? I don{t know. I{m starting to realize though that whether we had a fixed appointment or not people usually aren{t home or are too busy doing something.
The people here are so nice! Always friendly and out of every person we talked to all week only one person said he wasn{t interested, everyone else said we could come back. Pretty crazy! I guess my prayers were answered that I would go somewhere where people would listen.
There{s a new member a teenage girl and she came to a lesson with us to teach her friend Nicole and she brought her boyfriend too. At the beginning of the lesson he didn{t know if he believes in God but by the end he accepted a Book of Mormon and agreed to pray to see if God exists. That was pretty cool.
I{m going to teach piano lessons for free to whoever wants to come and the students can play simple hymns in church. We are in Huaico, a very new area that Hna Platino actually opened and there aren{t enough members for a branch even, it{s just a group of people that meet. I haven{t actually been to church yet because I was very sick yesterday.
These pictures are Grace and I in the MTC (Idk what{s going on with my shirt), the first sunrise over Argentina, the Buenos Aires tmple, Buenos Aires from a distannce, Hna Platino and I, the view from the front window of our pension (a little apartment) but it{s nice inside, I am trying to figure out how to send them.....hopefully I can. Well I love you all! Hope life is good!
Hermana Hooke

Saturday, September 6, 2014

I'm going to Argentina on Monday!!!!



Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hola,
Yes, the rumors are true, I am indeed leaving Monday morning for Buenos Aires! I'm starting to get nervous because some other hermanas going to Salta told me that Salta is the hottest mission in the world, it gets up to 130 degrees (but don't worry, after 115 it all feels the same), and that there is a 30-hr bus ride from Buenos Aires to Salta. Hopefully these rumors are misinformed, but if not, as dad says, it's a good thing I'm tough. And Cath, no more complaining about how hot it is in La Quinta! haha. Oh and I can call from the airport...I have a 5 hr layover in Atlanta so I probably will then. I will probably call mom's cell cause she birthed me and stuff...sorry Cath unless I can make more than 1 call. [She WAS able to make more than one call! And it was GREAT to talk to her!]

Thank you so much for the book "Em's Mems!" I love it!!! I have already looked at it like twice a day since I got it and it makes me so happy! Thanks Mom for all the work you did on it and thanks everyone who wrote letters and stuff!

Hmm what has happened since Tuesday? We have had some terrible lessons, some wonderful lessons, cleaned the campus at 6:15 am a couple times, oh and I saw Grace Everton yesterday when we were on main campus!!! One of said terrible lessons was with "Jonathan" and he was trying to hint to us that our lesson was boring him by looking at us through 2 half closed lazy eyes and Herrmana Velazco and I could not stop laughing for the life of us....haha hopefully that doesn't ever happen in real life...but then the next day we taught by the Spirit for the first time and we could feel SUCH a difference!! It was amazing. The key is to listen to the investigator and the Spirit, ask to be guided by a prayer of faith, and most of all, teach people, not lessons. Focus on their individual needs.

I don't really feel ready yet to be going to Argentina already, but I'm like 28x more ready than I was a week ago, so that's good. Wellllll I love you all dearly and hope life in your respective homelands is swell! Mom and Dad and Grandma have fun visiting the Hookes in Ohio! And Cath and Jon keep having fun and Jon good luck with school this week! Have you had any races already?

Also thanks everyone for the Dear elder letters.* I always love to hear from you! I sent a package to Ventura so I hope someone will be there to get it. PS the pictures at the temple are me with my district. Coincidentally, I know Hermana Tate's identical twin from BYU! The hermanas in my district are me, Hna Velazco, Hna Tate, and Hna Makin. Our district is great, I'm giong to miss them! 3 elders will be on my flight with me though, and elder Cruz is going to my same mission. Espero que tengan una buena semana! Next time I write I'll be in ARGENTINA!!!
Besitos,
Hermana Hooke
*[You can write to Emily at dearelder.com for free! Mail leaves Salt Lake City every Friday. Go to dearelder.com, select mission (Argentina Salta), click "write a letter", fill in your return address, select title (Sister), then Emily Hooke. Write the letter, then click "send"]


MTC District
MTC District Hermanas
                                                         
Hermana Hooke & Sister Everton--reunion at the MTC!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hola familia y amigos! [MTC life...]



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hello!
Hope you're all doing well! Cath I am so jealous you are in Hawaii. Have lots of fun but remember to not die......you know what I mean! [Probably referring to Cath's sky diving adventure...] That will be so fun for you Mom to be in Ohio too! Tell everyone in Boise and Ohio hello from Hermana Hooke!

I'm at the west campus MTC which I like because 1) everyone here speaks (or is learning) Spanish, and 2) it's so pretty! It's in an apartment complex with a little river and stuff. I suppose my visa has come...there was a problem with getting my flight itinerary because they still have it in their system that I'm here for 6 weeks (thank heavens I'm not, I might go crazy) but they are fixing it so I will fly out the 8th or 9th.

My companion is Hermana Velazco, from Mexico City but now she lives in Idaho. She is going to the Iowa Des Moines Mission. She is really nice and funny and we get along well, and she is also very patient with my Spanish which is a plus! My district is really funny, we all get along well.

                                                             Hermanas Hooke & Velazco


 Today is Preparation Day so we don't have classes. Which is a nice break from 9 hrs of class a day! We went to the temple this morning.

On Sunday we went to a devotional and guess who spoke? Bro and Sis Holzapfel, who were Jon's mish pres for a while when he was in Alabama! We also watched Elder David A. Bednar's talk called "Character of Christ," which was the most powerful talk ever written I'm pretty sure, and recommend that everyone watches it! 

On a normal day, we get up at 6:30, get ready and eat breakfast, go to class for 3 hrs, eat lunch,  do some sort of exercise, have 3 more hrs of class, go to dinner, have 3 more hrs of class, go home and pretty much just go to bed. It's pretty much like spiritual boot camp, and at first I was struggling with wanting to not sit in class doing personal study for 3 hrs at a time, for example....because I like to do fun things...but it's getting better now and I'm learning to make my personal study times more meaningful. I think a huge part of this life is using the Atonement of Jesus Christ to become a saint from a "natural man", and a mission is forcing me to progress faster by not letting me go to the beach, take naps, etc. But it's good. It's been a lot of ups and downs but I like it and I'm doing well.

At first I didn't think I could teach anyone anything but we have had I think 5 or 6 lessons already, and while I'm definitely not good at teaching anything in Spanish I'm improving I guess. I feel so bad for the missionaries who had to learn a language from scratch, because I thought I knew Spanish but I now I feel so inadequate at it, but that's just because I'm comparing myself to the native speakers around me which isn't good.

Thanks Mom and Tommy (I mean Bradley) for the letters!

Hmmm what else...I don't really know, there's not too many exciting things happening in Provo. I'll try to attach a few pictures if we can figure out how!

Love you all! All mail is welcome! :)
Best regards,
Hermana Hooke
Pensamiento de la semana: vea Mateo 4:19 - la unica diferencia entre un pecador y un pescador es Jesucristo. [A play on words in Spanish--pecador is a sinner, and pescador is a fisherman...the only difference between a pecador and a pescador is Jesus Christ.]

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello from the MTC! ["Hello" is just about all:) ]



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hola familia (I think this is Mom's email...)
I am here safe and sound, the MTC's great, mi companera Hermana Velazco is great, I will write more on Tuesday! I have some things I need to send home that need to be returned in Utah, Mom what address should I send them to? (water filter) Love you all!
XOXO,
Hermana Hooke