Monday, July 17, 2017

To make up for last week..

Well hello there! To be completely honest.. I really can't remember what happened this week, but if I had to take a guess I'd say that Hermana Roney and I were probably baking brownies. We have been presenting a plan to read the Book of Mormon this year in relation to President Monson’s conference talk to all of the members in the ward and we have been making brownies to encourage them to read every day. 

We had intercambios with the Hermana Lideres after another zone conference on Thursday. President and Hermana Isom went to their MTC training in Utah that they missed out on when they got called to serve here because of President Obeso's health. I was with Hermana Ruiz in their sector and it was super weird to work with her for the last time on the mission. I really can’t believe that she only has a week and a half left. It’s really, really weird to think back to my training and realize that I’m so old in the mission now. I don’t like it at all. My “mom” is just gonna take off to Canada next week and leave me here all alone.. it's cool. In all honesty I got pretty teary-eyed the large majority of our day together. 

We have had some really spiritual lessons with the members this week and it has really been great to get to know them all a little bit better. I had to speak in sacrament meeting on Sunday and it was más o menos, no más.. but really. I was praying that the whole “third time’s the charm” thing would hold true for my third church talk, but I really don’t think it was out of the ordinary. But hey I got by.. and like it's over with.. and I spoke some bad Spanish and the members still tried to console me by saying it was good.

We thought that our investigator A was hiding from us and we’re still not 100% positive that she’s not, but her friend V told us that she’s doing well. I guess more than anything it’s her dad that has got her a little bit uneasy with things. He’s really Catholic and told her that she can’t be baptized twice. I really think that A knows the truth and knows that she does need to be baptized by the proper authority, but she’s also really timid and I don’t think she’s willing to make a decision against her parents’ will. We haven't seen her in quite a while, but I'm hoping this week we'll be able to meet up with her. 

It has been really hard to find any of our investigators in in their houses and we have been focusing a lot on the ward lately, so even though we've had some great experiences we’ve felt a little bit like we haven’t really done a ton this week, but at the same time we’ve seen a pretty big change in the countenances of the ward members. I really feel like things are improving slowly, but surely. I hope this week that we can have a bit more time to teach our investigators and find more who have been prepared by the Lord. 

Just in case I haven't said it enough... I love my companion with all my heart! .. and I really mean it. It has been super fun to be companions with someone from Holladay, Utah that I already kinda knew because we have a lot of things in common, people we know, places we like, things we like to eat, etc. ..but it has been even more fun to get to really truly know her. She is an amazing missionary, an incredible person, and a wonderful example to me. I have grown more these past two transfers than I have in the past few years that I have been a member of the Church thanks to her. She was just what I needed, and it makes me really sad to think that our time together as companions is coming to an end. 

I know that Heavenly Father is aware of each and every one of us. I know that He knows what we need to learn and grow, to really progress and become more like Him and His son Jesus Christ. It doesn't mean it's going to be easy, or that He's going to to give us eternal life on a silver platter.. we are here to work and to prove ourselves.. it's hard stuff. Change is hard. The mission is tough! It is by far the hardest thing I have ever done, and I still have a lot to learn and a lot of refining to do to really become the person our Heavenly Father would have me be.. but I know that He will always guide us if we will humble ourselves and listen to His voice. Let Him mold you.. it might take a lifetime, but it is possible. I am so grateful for this opportunity that I have to serve as a missionary in Chile. To help others come unto Christ and experience the joy of the gospel.. I sure hope that I have helped someone here.

"Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;..

..And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! 

And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me! 

Behold, you have my gospel before you, and my rock, and my salvation." (D&C 18:10, 15-17)

May we always remember what we have, and help others to find what they're missing. He's on our side.. don't forget it. I love you all and am thankful for your support. I'm grateful to have such wonderful examples in my life who have helped me find the way. Have a wonderful week!


Hermana Sessions

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hi my name is: Hermana Ssslacker

I'm so sorry, but the time somehow escaped me today. I have a few pictures for you.. even though I know that won't quite make it up to you all.

I don't know how some people find the time to do things on the mission becaue I literally feel like I don't have time for anything.. Please know that I care about you all a ton!

I hope you have an amazing week! 


Hermana Sessions

Monday, July 3, 2017

"No ... not yet"

This week was a really good week.. although to be honest, I really can't remember much of what happened. Hermana Roney and I are still trying to stop coughing so it was actually really difficult to teach lessons. We sounded like frogs and could only get a few words in before we had to pause to get a good cough in, so you can probably understand that they weren't the best lessons we could have taught.

We taught the Plan of Salvation to a mother and her daughter and it was really special. The daughter is young, but she's super super mature. The way she responded to our questions was actually remarkable. In reality, she probably should have taught us the lesson. We asked her what she thought our purpose here is, and we were referring to on earth, but she understood the question as what is 'our' purpose as missionaries (probably because well.. Spanish) but her response was so cute! She literally said, "I think you're here to bring happiness to the families and to teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ so that they can become better people." Melted my heart! 

Our investigator A came to church yesterday and she really really enjoyed it! She loved how all of the members acted like one big family. It was such a blessing to have her there with us and an even bigger blessing because she stayed for all of the meetings! A sister in the ward asked her if she was a member and she said, "No.. not yet. I'm an investigator still." Hermana Roney and I about died when we heard her response. It was just too beautiful to hear.. "No.. not yet." Be still my soul. We also were able to teach her last night and the Spirit was really strong. Her mom really likes to feed us though and after she put a bunch of cookies in front of us, she fed us each a plateful of lasagna, and it was probably the best lasagna that I've had on the mission, but we were already so full we just couldn't finish it.. and afterward we felt so sick! 

But A! Ahhh that girl. She is just way too special! I know that she's going to get baptized and I really hope that I can be here when the day comes! It would be the biggest answer to my prayers! 

Like I said, I really can't remember much of what happened this week. I ate lot's of semola this week.. it's kind of like cream of wheat.. but it's flan-like, and the texture is just awful and I gag every time but I always manage to get it down and pretend I like it! Oh the mission! It really is a beautiful experience! I actually don't know how to put it into words! It's so hard, but I love it. Being a missionary is easily one of the best things that every happened to me!

Love you all so much!


Hermana Sessions

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I think my double chin has a double chin!

I really don't quite know how to explain it, but I'm pretty sure a double chin is a requirement for sister missionaries here in the south of Chile. Everyone gets one at some point.. if they don't have one now it'll come, you can't escape it.

Now that we've set that straight, this week was actually super great! On Monday we were knocking apartment doors and we found three nuevos. The son opened the door and I literally said like three words and he let us in. We taught lesson one and he was cooking like the entire time and it seemed like he wasn't totally listening, but he was actually the most receptive of the three.. he definitely has potential. 

Tuesday we had (tri)zone conference with President and I had to share my conversion story. It wasn't a hard assignment, but I already really don't like speaking in front of large groups of people, so to speak in front of three zones of missionaries in Spanish was a bit challenging for me, but I got it over with and it went decently well. In my interview with President he informed me that Hermana Roney and I are both too hard on ourselves and then gave me a cookie. 

We found two nuevos on Wednesday. One is a young mom with two little kidlets and the other a 16 year old kid who let us teach him a lesson outside in the rain.. they're both really receptive and it was really quite the week of miracles finding people who were ready to listen the the gospel.

On Friday night we taught a lesson to a 19 year old girl named A. She's friends with a member of the ward here and is super sweet. Her mom sat in the lesson and it went super well. The spirit was really strong and her mom started to cry as we were bearing our testimonies of the Restoration and Joseph Smith. She told us that she "always cries" and like hey, I get it, but we know that she was definitely feeling the Spirit. 

A also made us a cake to take to our district meeting so that we could celebrate Elder Mills’ birthday. Literally met her Friday night and she offered to make us a cake the next morning. She's just so sweet! Super, super timid, but really sweet. And she is super artistic, she draws using a computer program and she's super good! 

On Saturday night we went to a baptism in Rio Bueno with A and V (the member). It was super special because they guy who got baptized was somebody that we contacted in the mall when we were in a trio with Hermana Lopez last cambio. He and his friend were initially only trying to mess with us because we're not Chilean, but a month later he entered the waters of baptism so.. worth it! The gospel is true, it's as simple as that. 

Other than that Hermana Roney and I have just been trying to get over some killer colds! We sound like boys and could easily advertise for Kleenex.. bakan. Enjoy the summer because it's getting really cold here and it's always really rainy! Probably why we have colds.. haha. That's about all I've got for you guys this week. I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Hermana Sessions

Monday, June 19, 2017

Asi es la misión

Over lunch today (o sea giant hamburgers) Hermana Roney and I concluded that it was a good first week to start the new cambio.. and I do agree, but I honestly can't remember much of what happened. Asi es la misión!

We were knocking doors the other day in the pouring rain for hours. We knocked one door and a lady opened but said she couldn't attend us.. haha. She basically said, "I can't let you in because it's raining really hard outside.." and we were like.. we totally understand, we're out here in the rain.. haha worst excuse that I've ver heard. 

Things that happened this week:

1. We found a neuva who told us she would cook for us if we're ever hungry
2. Celebrated an 8 year old’s birthday last night 
3. Took selfies with the bishop's daughter
4. Taught the worst lesson we've ever taught together and still the investigator was loving every minute of it, so the Spirit had to have been working wonders.
5. Laughed hysterically while singing a hymn with the family we ate lunch with on Sunday because we thought the husband was joking, but really he just couldn't sing like at all.. he was all over the place. His son was laughing so hard that he started drooling and couldn't breathe.

I'm sure we did other things as well, but I'm drawing a blank! I get to see Hermana Hanosek tomorrow so I'm feeling excited about that! But I have to speak in front of 3 zones of missionaries so I'm really NOT excited about that one!

I hope all of your fathers, fathers that receive my emails, and future fathers had a great Father's Day yesterday! ..and don't forget your Father in Heaven, He loves you all so much. I love being on the mission and feeling just a smidge of the love He has for His children. It's truly incredible! I apologize for the lack of missionary experiences included in this email, but I promise one of these days I'll send an email worth reading! 

Love, Hermana Sessions

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

sharp instrument prickles.. haha

Good things that happened this week:

I don't know if I've talked about our neighbor Hermano E before or not, but he is a less-active member who lives right across the street from us. He always watches to make sure we get back to the house at night time and will call us out if we choose not to make a fire. He really likes to be heavy with us.. or um.. I don't know how to say it in English, but he's stubborn and likes to be hard on us. He's always complaining about how we don't visit him too. So we finally set up a time to pass by and visit him with a member and what do you know, he wasn't there.. we actually visited him again later that night and he was in his house, but he chose not to answer. At least we have some fun pictures to remember the experience. Hermana A is the cutest little member ever.. I think she's probably like 3' 8" or something like that. We died laughing too because when Hermano E wouldn't open the door she said, "Oh that Hermano E, he's a little special."

The other day we were able to pass by the house of a member who moved to our sector a few months ago. His wife isn't a member and they have a daughter who's about a year and a half old. Anyway, we basically only had time to get to know his wife and we sang "las familias pueden ser eternas" and shared our testimonies. Unfortunately they're going to visit the US and are going to be out of town for like 3 weeks, but she really has a lot of potential and the spirit during the lesson was so strong! 

I also included a super funny picture of the packaging of a shower cap I bought from a China shop. Hermana Roney and I bought shower caps for fun because they're useful and they were cheap and when we got home I started reading the back of the package and about died I was laughing so hard.. I really hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!

Hermana Roney and I got talking during companionship inventory and basically came to the conclusion that we really just didn't do much last cambio.. and it wasn't so much that the work was slow, but we were just kinda slow. We feel like we really lost a lot of time last cambio and that we didn't really give all that we've got. We had a lot of fun together and a lot of great moments as well, but when it really comes down to it we weren't exactly obedient, and because we weren't exactly obedient we weren't exactly happy and we weren't exactly doing everything in our power to move the work in our sector. After our talk we felt a lot better having recognized what we've been lacking and what we need to improve, but we also felt really fome because we feel like we pretty much threw an entire cambio down the drain (which is a little bit drastic, but you get the point). Then with cambios approaching we both started to worry and feel more fome because neither one of us wanted to leave the sector having felt like we hadn't done our part. So long story short last night  we didn't receive a call about transfers which means we're going to stay together another cambio and we we're super happy! At least I'm really, really happy!!! I love Hermana Roney and I'm really excited to continue to love her, but to also to share the love with our sector haha. There's a lot of work to do! Thankfully, because of the Atonement we can start new and give absolutely everything we've got.

Anyway, that's about all I've got for the week! Shout out to my sister Kaitlin who turns 16 on Sunday.. I'm actually terrified.. but feliz cumpleaños little sis! Love you all! Have a great week!!


Hermana Sessions

Monday, June 5, 2017

Volcán Osorno

I feel like my emails are getting more and more fome.. I'm so sorry for that. Honestly I don't have much to say today either, but I already feel bad that I didn't say anything last week, so here goes nothing! 

Today we went to the Volcano in Osorno and it was amazing! It was also super weird to see snow.. but also super comforting in a way. I feel like it's been way too long! I will send the pictures because they are super rad! 

A ver.. our mamita has been kind of down in the dumps lately, and since she's not really feeling it and she's not super animated she's been cooking with more and more salt. The food here is already loaded with oil and salt, but lately we've been eating lunches with so much salt that my throat starts to sting a little bit and I feel super parched despues. We really don't mind too much and our mamita is really cool so she doesn't mind if we ask for more water for our super salty soup. Well the other day she made something called 'charcican' (not sure how to spell it to be honest) but this time it had like absolutely no salt haha! She told us, "It doesn't have any salt so if you would like it more salty you'll have to add it yourself." Honestly I thought it was great, although I couldn't pronounce the food that we ate. When she first told us what it was I really had no idea what she said and I tried to imitate her, but it didn't work so well so I gave up and called it 'Jackie Chan' .. and everyone laughed pretty hard. Then we had rice pudding and we were trying to get the mamita to say it in English.. well she said something that sounded a lot whole lot like Brad Pitt and I lost it! I died laughing! So we ate 'Jackie Chan' and 'Brad Pitt' the other day.. que bakan!

Hermana Roney and I taught a super awesome lesson last night with some new investigators that we found and have been trying to visit for a really long time. The lesson went super well and was super, super spiritual. I wanted to invite them to baptism, but didn't really want to do it without the direction of the spirit so I basically told myself that I was going to let it slide this time and save it for the next lesson, but towards the end of the lesson as we were talking about how they could come to know that what we had shared with them was true, my heart started pounding really hard, and I thought it might jump out so I knew I had to do it. So we invited them to baptism and the best part was that the guy said that if he comes to know that the church is true that he will for sure , without a doubt, be baptized! BAKAN! It was really a great lesson! 

And.. I'm out of time! Love you all and I really do apologize that my emails don't make a ton of sense ever! Wishing you all a wonderful week! 

Love, Hermana Sessions