Sister Katie Garff

Sister Katie Garff
Bolivia Cochabamba Mission

Monday, July 17, 2017

Another Awesome Week in Bolivia

Luis, a boy from my old ward in Sucre got baptized by Juan Pablo, a convert I worked with.

This week was absolutely incredible. We were able to see lots of miracles and laugh a lot...I sent tons of funny pictures to represent the funny and cultural bullet points por hoy:) I love that the Lord expects us to work hard, but that along the way, He wants us to laugh and enjoy the ride:D

Angelo is an person that just appeared in church during my first week in my new area He came up to us and told us that he wanted to learn more. The things was, we were super shocked because we already thought that he was a member. He was dressed nicely, appeared to be a return missionary, and, from sunday school, we could tell that he already had tons of knowldege about the gospel. We came to find out that he started attending church in his girlfriend's ward for 2 months and exactly 4 weeks after we met him, and on the date we set for his baptism, he got baptized! He truly is incredible and has great goals and intentions for the church. He wants to serve a mission, get a calling, get his patriarchal blessing, get sealed in the temple and, simply grow in his understanding and happiness of the Gospel. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!
We had two great baptisms, and it was great to share that day with the elders too as they had a baptism.Angelo is in the middle with Ruben and David to his left.
Ruben is el mayorcito that is in the picture next to Angelo. His son, David (a recent convert who has his mission call to serve in Mexico), baptized him and is very supportive of his son and his decision. What I love most about his testimony is that it is extremely humble and pure. He loves that the church is so supportive of families and desires that the rest of his family can accept the Gospel too! And he, like Angelo, is incredible! He got baptized very quickly (6 weeks after knowing him) and got baptized on the day that we made the goal as well. It felt so good to be in his home, watch his conversion and then watch his baptism. And, as I mentioned above, I just LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY because it is the best kind of service there is to bring others to the level of happiness that they need!
With our investiagtors, we highly stressed the importance of bringing dry underwear but the elders forgot to tell their investigator. How do we know? The bench really does tell it all. Poor kid!

This is an awesome elder that proudly showed us a hat made of cow skin that he had received from a member. I will definitely have to find that member;D
Pictures of our study wall. Mine is the one with the orange paper, and, really, my wall is full of spanish vocabulary and ridiculous pictures and quotes....and, that of my companion is quite different. She has got lots of inspirational quotes, mission pictures and cute, crafted things...maybe one day I will repent and improve, but for now, I will keep laughing:D
This is my companion cleaning the house becuase the big bottle of water exploded while she was trying to put it on the tap. The water was ALL OVER the kitchen and hallway and we laughed SO HARD as we figured that it was God´s way of telling us that we needed to clean the floor;D
I love you all, have a great week and know that I love you all very much!

Con Amor, 
Hermana Garff

P.S.  Enjoy your running water and we will for today too because we have WATER today:D:D:D:D:D 
Gratitude is an awesome thing!
Some Hermanas were in our house to do tramites,
so we casually decided to buy some churros to celebrate.
They are AMAZING!:D
Also, I got a package from the Woods. PLEASE send these pics to them and let them know that we nearly cried over seeing American candy. I shared this candy with them (one of the girls from Peru had never even SEEN candy before) and it has been super fun sharing the candy in family home evenings with different families in the ward.  Also Lisa Mietchen's Luna Bars were AWESOME!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Not a Lot of Water, But Highly Ambitious Goals

This is Hermano Ruben. He is AWESOME and is going to get baptized this Saturday.
His son, David, is in the background and will baptize his dad. I AM SO EXCITED!
Oh, and he made us this famous Bolivian drink that was purple and lumpy and just the best:)
Hey Everyone:D

I hope you all had a great week, becuase this week for me was aboslutely hilarious and FULL of miracles:D

Funny: I tried asked one of our investigators if his baby had any hair (he had a hat on) "¡Su bebe tiene cabello?"...but I accidentally asked him if his baby had any ANIMAL HAIR "pelo"...whoops, haha!

No tocar is like saying, don´t ring this doorbell.
So what did we do?
We ABOSLUTELY rang the doorbell and ran;D
We heard a bunch of "wordly songs" from our neighbors house as we were studying in the morning, so we decided to burst into spiritual song...our neighbors turned down their music, haha:D

During intercambios this week, one of my best friends,
Hna Jordan y yo dibujamos el plan de salvación en el piso.
Fue increíble y SÜPER divertido:D
Cultural: Because we didn´t have any water this week, and hardly any the last week, we borrowed the other hermanas' shower but because there was hardly any time to race to their house and take a longer shower, my companion and I weren´t able to shave for two was super funny to put on our companionship goals this week "SHAVE";D

We made chocolates with a member this week was SUPER weird to use a hand mixer!!!
The super awesome member who taught us how to make chocolates. YUP she is my favorite;D
Spiritual: Luis, from Sucre (my former area) (and the amazing 16 year old boy who brought his family to church by himself) got baptized yesterday:D And, this Saturday we are planning on having two baptisms: Ruben, a 65 year old man who is incredibly sweet and has the greatest testimony of family, and Angelo, a 22 year old young adult who is seriously a miracle and has plans to get married in the temple, wants to receive the priesthood, a receive calling and help the rest of his family get baptized:D

Elder Higgins and Elder Warr-two of my super good friends.
It was awesome to laugh with them after their last zone conference:D
I LOVE the mission and I LOVE all of you. Have a great week and know that I pray daily for my good friends and family back in SLC:D

Hermana Garff
My planner....I LOVE my companions selfies. They are so funny because she is usually the only one that shows up in the pictures because of her height:D

Monday, July 3, 2017

"My Life Completely Changed After This Moment!"

"My life completely changed after this moment:D"
Many thanks to Sister Renovato for the photos
I hope you all had a great week!
Funny: Below is a picture of my agenda. Usually missionaries like to design their planners with pictures of Christ or an inspiriational quote. That is all fine and dandy, but personally when I am sad, I like to laugh. SO, I decided to decorate it with a selfie that my companion took. God didn`t exactly bless her with the gift of height;)
Cultural: We found CHURRRRRRROS:D And, not just any churros, churros with CARAMEL filling. My life completely changed after this moment:D 

Spiritual: I really liked a quote that my brother sent to me the other week. He told me that "fear paralyzes and faith frees." I found that to be so true this week and I really worked on simply exercising faith. We made extremely specific plans during the hours in which we didn't have any appointments. For ex: We are working to find a family of 3, so we made plans to pray before knocking on whatever door, and knock on 3 consecutive doors before changing areas. We also made plans to talk about the sabbath day in each contact. We also made very specific plans because that is part of what Christ did. In Matthew 10: 6-8 he specified whom his disciples were to teach, what they were to teach and their objective. And from verses 9-31, he gives them advice on how to find and help people with more efficiency. 
A Little Spanish Spot It
I LOVE my Savior, I LOVE the work, and I LOVE specific plan and at the end of each day.  It is incredible to go to bed knowing that I could not have done any more to fulfill the will of God that day!
I love you all:) 
Hna Garff 

Um...okay, lo siento, haha! I can`t send pics this week because there is a virus on this computer, BUT will be sure to send lots of good ones the next week;D
Also, my companion sent you some pics from her camera becauase I couldn`t. I have no idea what pics she sent, but enjoy them, haha! 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Birthday in Bolivia :D

Our Zone at the Temple
Hey Everyone!!

Sorry, I was a dork last week and forgot to inform you that I wouldn't be able to write until today. We visited the temple as a zone, so our P-day got switched, but YES:) I love you all and hope that it was another great week of summer for ya´ll! 
Las Hermanas at the temple! Que guapas ;D
Since we usually don't have water in the house, we hadn't showered in a week.  We didn't want to offend anyone, so we decided to ask the Hermanas to lend us their shower, haha!
Funny: We were visiting a humble family for the first time, and we were asking their names. I could understand all of their names pretty well because they were simple and spoke clearly, but when it came time for one of the teenagers to say his name it was super mumbled....I asked him about 3 times to repeat his name, and then just decided to guess. I said, "Oh! Wow! Great to meet you, Javier!"....everyone started laughing, and my companion and I joined them when he said his name was "Amilkar"..not even CLOSE, hahahah!!
During intercambios with the other Hnas, we like to take pictures so that we can hang them in our house for them to see. However, with this Hermana, we forgot to take a picture until we were home at night,
so we decided to proselyte our own door, haha!
There are tons of parks and soccer fields here. It is awesome, but super dusty sometimes, haha:D
Cultural: Bolivia is really great for a lot of reasons, but there are also some sad facts. The girls here tend to get pregnant really young (15-17 years old). It is really sad because usually they have to drop out of school and end up raising a family by themselves. I love kids, but I am OH SO GRATEFUL that I am just serving a mission right now, and not raising a family without an education!
This picture is one of my favorites, because my companion is pretty short and she tried to take a selfie, hahaha!
You just gotta love her!
Spiritual: Visiting the temple is always amazing, but today was especially neat because for the first time in all of my trips on the mission to the temple, I could UNDERSTAND what was happening. It feels really good to be in the temple, but especially when you can understand the language, haha!
I had one of the best birthdays ever here, because our pensionista, Hna Maggie made me BROWNIES!!!!!!:D And, it was an American recipe. What the heck? Haha:D She is so incredibly sweet and I feel like she is my mother here:)
Have the best darn week of your life y hasta lunes:D
Love you all!
Hna Garff
We also had ice cream...
And lemon pie with our district
I also bought a sandwich maker for my birthday because we have lots of intercambios with the hermanas and we have decided that we are done with eating oatmeal for breakfast;D This was one of the best decisions of my LIFE, jajaja:D 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Zone Conference - Serving with Hna Renovato

I got to see Hna Condori, mi hijita during Zone Conference and It was the BEST:D
I love her so much!
Hola a Todos:D

This week was great! We had transfers and I am serving in Cochabamba again:) I am actually serving about 5 minutes from my last area and it is great! I am serving with Hna Renovato from Mexico/Texas and she is awesome! She is 20 years old and will finish her mission in 3 months, crazy!
OH, and we got to meet Elder Condori too, haha:D
 I decided to take great advantage of this picture, because of the fact that my teeth look like they are glowing, haha:D I am still brushing my teeth twice every day, no worries, haha!
Cultural: Al regresar a servir en Cochabamba otra vez mas, I remembered just how little water we had before and nothing seemed to change, haha! We have water here about 2/7 days, so we rejoice pretty greatly those 2 days during the week;)
I had a drawing contest with this niña and...I lost, haha! She started erasing my drawings because they were so feo, haha!
To alleviate luggage weight, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do;)
Layers - likely more than three.  Happily, it is winter in Bolivia
Spiritual: I was able to play the piano for zone conference, which included a special musical number: "I Know My Savior Loves Me / I Know That My Redeemer Lives." It was so neat to play a Primary song, and I felt so blessed as God helped me to learn the piece in 3 days, so that we wouldn't destroy the spirit, haha!
Hna Renovato:)
I love you all! Have a great week!
Hna Garff

Monday, June 12, 2017

Back to Cochabamba

This is family Ferufino. With Lisbeth who is really sick, her husband, mom, 3 kids and brother and sister. They are amazing! Simply the most humble of all families and very kind. I will miss them so much!
Hello Everyone!
This week was another incredible week completely full of miracles, which is why there is a lot of information in the spiritual colum this week:) Also, I recently got my new transfer to serve in Cochabamba, Cala Cala as a capacitadora with one of my good friends, Hermana Renovato. I am so excited to serve with my new companion and the other Hermanas!

This is Hermana Madsen, one of the Hnas that I get to work with in Sucre. Sometimes contacting can be a bit dangerous, haha:D
Funny/Cultural: We ate fried egg plant this week...when we started eating, everyone became skeptical, but nobody said anything until her son bravely asked "Mom, what is this?" looking a Little ofended, but also culpable, she retorted "it`s meat." Directly after, he continued to press what everyone was wondering "what kind of meat" to which she responded, "fish"....that was DEFINITELY not fish!! But, God blessed us with the gift of tongues to be able to finish the!:)
Our pensionista made TOMATO SOUP for us. Not having tomato soup for 10 months was crazier than I thought it would be. I nearly cried at tasting this;D
Spiritual: Serving in Sucre has been such an incredible experience, and I was especially able to learn a lot from my recent companion, Hermana Lopez. She is the absolute greatest and I learned how to excercise faith to see miracles, how to have the perfect balance when teaching and how to become a better leader. She fears no man, including cualquier missionary and I love that!! 
I was also able to see the miacle of true converts. My two converts from this área are incredible, and are progressing a lot in the church. They are already changing the Ward a ton through their service and their love for the missionary work. Juan Pablo, the younger convert, has plans to serve a misión and his dad is in line to become the bishop!
My companion is friends with ALL of the dogs in the Street, but I guess I am a little more picky. THIS dog, however is one of my favorites because she is SUPER sweet and loves to follow us around!
I have always had faith in the priesthood, but this week was special. Lisbeth, who hadn`t eaten for 5 weeks and was about to go into surgery for something the doctors weren`t sure about, She recieved a blessing from the bishop, waited another 3 hours after was able to eat again. She is slowly recooperating right now and is on track to be healthy again within a few months. The power of the priesthood is so real, and faith is a real thing! This miracle did not come with a lack of faith. Their whole family, nosotras and the leaders in the ward have been praying for them for WEEKS!
Lastly, I was able to really put my faith in the work. Because we were diligent and relied on the Lord, we have been able to encounter amazing people these past few weeks. Specifically, we got to meet this sweet woman named Liseth who, within the first 2 minutes of our visit, expressed her need to get baptized.
I love being a missionary and I love seeing the hand of God work in my life every day. This church is true, I have always known that, but to see others testify of this is the reason why I am here!
I love you all,
Hermana Garff
I love my companion, but I guess we have our differences. I got a super sweet chocolate, oreo ice cream swirl, and Hna Lopez got beat yogurt....YUP it`s time for cambios...;D

Monday, June 5, 2017

"Slap Me Some Skin Sista!"

Intercambios con Hna MITCHELL :D:D

Happy new week everyone! Lots of great things happened this week, inlcuding serving with one of my best friends, Hermana Mitchell:D
Pic from P-day. I LOVE the Hnas and especially Hna Mitchell!!:D
Funny: An old man is trying to learn English in our Ward, so sometimes we practice. I don`t know how or where he learned this, but before leaving, he motioned for me to give him a high five and said "Slap me some skin, sista`!", hahaha! I love him:D
A member family that we LOVE!
We decided to eat heatlhy this past week...and we DID! We pounded that fruit, haha:D
Cultural: The milk is sold in bags here. I didn`t really remember that until my companion reminded me of how strange that was, but YES:D The milk is sold in bags and it only makes it hard when we close the refrigerator really fast and it starts spilling everywhere:)

Also, it was really weird to go shopping and see white eggs, haha!
Un bautismo de los Elderes!
Spiritual: The elders had a baptism! They haven`t had one in this área for 6 months, and they work SO hard, so it was incredible to see that happen on one of the elders last weeks in the misión!
Our misión leader and the elders. We are such dorks, but it´s okay, haha!
I love you all! Sorry that was so short, but have a GREAT WEEK!!

Hna Garff
Bolivian art, chala!:D