Monday, May 25, 2015

What Child Is This?

Email from Monday, May 25, 2015
 Wow, Family, I don't think I've ever had so many stories from a single week to share with you so buckle up for the adventures you're about to read.

First, I sent Hermana Pérez home and I did it with only a few tears...because she is seriously my favorite chilena ever and I really didn't want her to go but that's just how it is, I guess.

Then Tuesday night, the transfer call came at exactly 10:25pm...that I would be TRAINING!! Can you even believe it? I couldn't. I fell to the floor and I was just in shock because I'm still new...ok maybe not but I still feel new! So anyway, I had to head to Santa Cruz Wednesday morning to pick up my new companion and have some meetings and whatnot there with President and the other trainers and news.

So I'm training Hermana Monar! She's from Ecuador and I'm actually quite sure that she's training me. She is so awesome at contacting people in the street and talking with everyone. I'm learning from her example.

Then Thursday we finally came back and we worked that night in our area and I was so excited for Friday to be our first full day together in our area but then....well..This is the real adventure.

I had some back pain that started Monday but I figured I just slept wrong or something so I kind of ignored it...until Friday when I couldn't walk, sit, or stand normally. It hurt sooo bad. So we went to the clinic and after a bajillion tests, they found out I had an abscessed cyst at the base of my back and I spent Friday and Saturday night in the hospital until yesterday, we came to  Santa Cruz to the much better clinic and the English speaking doctor did a little procedure and I'm all good now! I just have to stay in Santa Cruz for the week to have some check-ups during the week and make sure I heal well.

The important blessing is that after all that pain (as in crying and screaming pain that I never have felt and never want to feel again), I'm all good now and I'll be able to keep working in the mission and I shouldn't have anymore problems. I know God hears and anwsers my prayers because the area doctor in Peru called me and told me that if the cyst was really bad, I'd have to go home and I broke down in tears in that moment and I knew that I still have more work to do here. I prayed so hard that I could just keep working. My prayers were answered and I know I have 11 more months to give all my heart, might, mind and strength to this work that I love with all of my heart. Thanks for your continued prayers and support. I love you all!

Con mucho amor,
Hermana Gauger :)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Have I Cheered Up the Sad and Made Someone Feel Glad?

Email from Monday, May 18, 2015
Buenos Días a todos!
I sure hope this email finds you all happy and healthy and full of energy. Because that´s how I´m feeling hoy día. All is well here in Tarija and it´s tranfers week! (Not quite sure how that´s possible because this was the fastest 6 weeks of my whole life but whatever...)
This week was pretty good, as in, so good that I´m sitting here thinking really really hard about what happened and I can´t really remember anything...oops. But we had an activity last Monday with the hermanas in our zone and we went to this park that has a giiiiiiaaaannnnttt billboard of the Pope (sorry I didn´t take pictures because I had a very mature moment when I thought to myself "If this was a billboard of President Monson, would I want nuns taking silly pictures to send to their families? Mm...bettah not") but we still took a bajillion photos because we´re still young adult women who love taking pictures haha. So you can enjoy those!
This morning, I was studying Alma 48 about the example of Moroni and I feel like a new person for having studied it. I´ll admit that in my English scriptures next to this chapter, I have written "husband qualities" but now that I´m a little bit more humble, I have written in my Spanish scriptures "Qualities to Develop" because I can´t expect to marry someone awesome if I don´t at least work to become awesome myself. Plus that whole marriage thing is in the distant future and right now, TODAY is the day to strive to be a little better and change a little something so that in that distant future day, I´m a little bit more like my Savior and ready to marry someone with that same goal.
But for right now I´m just a simple, single, sister missionary doing simple things each day to make a simple difference in a very very complex world. I hope each of you recognize your small part in this world has a very large influence and can make a big difference. I hope that today we do more than dream of our mansion above but we reach out and do something today to help someone, even if it means helping our future self. If not, we have failed indeed.
This week, I´ll be sending my darling Hermana Pérez home to her casa in Chile and I´m only a little bit emotional...okay...a lot...but I feel so infinitely grateful for having had such fabulous companions in my whole mission. Seriously, i´m so blessed. :) Can´t wait to see who the Lord had prepared to be my next companion! :) I´ll send pics next week! Also we might have found a house in our area so updates on that are coming your way in 7 days. I LOVE YOU ALL! (even the blog stalkers)
Con mucho amor,
Hermana Gauger :)

What fruit is in season....oh definitely the orange, manderin, and tangerine....
because we receive them from EVERYONE

 Uhm this rat looking thing is a fruit apparently but it tastes like dirt and I hope it doesn´t exist in the states...
(Hna.Gauger received a package from her parents that they sent in March)
We love our favorite sister missionary, so make sure to write her or send her a package to brighten up her day and let her know how loved she is!

Send her a LETTER to this address:
**Postage is $1.15 
Sister Jennifer Ann Gauger
Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission
Casilla de Correo 2042
Zona Central
Santa Cruz

Send her a PACKAGE to this address:
 Sister Jennifer Ann Gauger
Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission
C/ Saavedra esq. Cochabamba
Torres Cainco, Blq Empresarial, Piso 9
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

Send her an EMAIL to this address:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Like a Lighthouse, Standing Bold Against the Storm

Email from Monday, May 11, 2015
Family and pals!
I feel like I don´t have much to say since less than 24 hours ago, I was chatting it up with y´all on Skype! I feel like I talked too much and yet at the same time, so many stories were left untold. Such a #jengaugerprob but don´t worry, Mom, when I get home, I will have stories to tell for all of eternity. :) Also a major shoutout to my family for their patience with my English...I didn´t realize how bad it was until I forgot the name of my own country.....oops.
Since I shared so many fun thoughts with you yesterday, I just wanted to share a short spiritual thought with you guys today and it´s something that´s been on my mind a lot this week. Something that will make Mom really happy because it´s an analogy of a lighthouse. I´ve thought a lot about the light of Christ and all the analogies we use with light and being an example and all that jazz and it hit me really hard that I want to be more like a lighthouse. A lighthouse shines bright to guide people to the safety of the shore and not to it´s own personal light. Sometimes, I think that with my pride, I end up being more like those lights that attract bugs in the night and I want everyone to see me or my light and think "wow she´s so great" but that´s not why I´m here and that´s not why I shine. The light of Christ shines in me so that I can guide people to the safety that comes in knowing we are children of a loving Heavenly Father and that through the Atonement of His Son, we can return to His presence and live with our families forever. I want to help everyone who sees my light, recognize that it is guiding them to Him.
Thanks for your love and support and all the prayers offered in my behalf or for my companion or the people I am teaching. I hope we all take a moment this week to shine brightly and to shine for the right reasons. I know my Savior lives and loves me and I know He loves you too. I know this gospel is true and that it is the only way to receive all that our Father has in store for us. Seek Him, obey Him, and apply His Atonement daily. I love you all so much more than I could ever express.
Con mucho amor,
Hermana Gauger :)
 Our investigator Celina who is like 10 months pregnant 
(okay not really but anyday now) and she´s one of my favorite people 
on earth and she deserves so many prayers and blessings and I hope you´ll help me out with that :)

 Other photos wouldn´t load so enjoy this one por lo menos! LOVE YOU!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

If Ye Have Love One to Another

Email from Monday, May 4, 2015

Fammmily and friends,

Not sure how another week has gone by but here I am again. This cambio has been even faster than my other ones and I don´t want my companion to go home. But that´s the mission life and now I just have to add Calama, Chile to my list of places to visit when I get home. Seriously, Hna Pérez is so great and we´re having such a great time with miracles happening every day.

This week was fantastic! Seriously. Even though we were in the house all day Sunday for elections (otra vez because the first time wasn´t very clear) it was so awesome because we had a study program all about how to be more consecrated servants and I LOVED it! I have so much work to do to become the missionary that the Lord wants me to be but it´s a process that I´m working on each day. I just want to give my all and drop who I am and become who He wants me to be. (For more info on how I feel, just go listen to Someone He Can Count On from the EFY 2014 cd and that is literally all I want)

Things are great here and I´m seriously just so happy every day to be here.

This week, I had a pretty tough/scary experience when there was this battered and beaten woman sitting on the side of the road with a badly shaven head and cuts and bruises all over and was bleeding a ton from a giant injury to her forehead. Anyone who knows me knows that I always want to help but I don´t always know how. I just wanted so badly to help her so I went up to contact her and I was trying to get some information so we could call someone but she couldn´t even talk or tell me her name and it freaked me out so bad and so we went to the police station which is just around the corner and they were super casual "yeaaah we´ll send someone in a minute" and you all know me...I wasn´t too happy that no one was as anxious as I was to help this woman who was in shock and even my companion was all " hermana...there´s not much we can do..." and then finally the policeman showed up and told us that this woman has major mental problems and is known in the neighborhood for sneaking into people´s houses and stealing stuff and she´s really violent. He said it was a miracle that I was able to get close to her without getting hurt because she usually always attacks anyone who tries to help her. I know it was a miracle that nothing happened but I left the whole situation bawling my eyes out and feeling so worthless. Sometimes it just kills me that there´s so many problems I can´t fix. All I can do is wake up every day and share the joy I have received through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Oh that I were an angel....

I had a lot of Alma moments this week where I just felt afflicted for the wickedness of the world and the problems that everyone has that I just can´t fix.

The thing I have to remember is that I can´t do any grand thing. I can´t save the world or fix all of the broken families or heal the aching hearts. But Jesus Christ can. I just have to be the instrument in the hands of the Lord to lead these people to HIm and invite them to come unto Him and partake of His peace and healing sacrifice. I am so grateful every single day for my Savior Jesus Christ and for His infinite love. I´m grateful that God protects His chosen servants and that He trusts me to be here and teach His children.
I love you all so so much and I´m sending hugs to you all from Tarija la chura. :)

Con mucho amor,

Hermana Gauger

We made an ice cream cake!

 And Shout out to Annabelle in one of the micros 
(sorry that it´s malescrito pero it´s still cool) 

My companion has struggles with reaching the oreos.

Message for all of my loved ones