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!

Love, 

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! 

Love,

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!

Chaito!

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!

Love, 
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!!

besitos!

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




Tuesday, May 30, 2017

No letter?

I waited all day yesterday hoping a letter would magically appear in my inbox. Somehow, all we got were these four beautiful pictures. I hope all is well with our sweet Sister Sessions. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

The return of the pulgas.

What to say, what to say.. 

I'll start with what I can remember about this week and hopefully it will come to me. First off, I have fleas again.. yay. I don't know how I got them, but they're really no fun at all. I'm super itchy!

As a district, we decided to start English and Portuguese classes in the capilla. This past week.. pretty much no one showed up, but there was one member there so we decided to teach the classes likewise. Hermana Roney and I taught a little bit of English first, and despues Elder Longo from Brazil taught us some Portuguese.. which is really pretty similar to Spanish, but I pretty much already forgot everything we learned. Some of the letters in the alphabet are a little bit trippy and really it was just hilarious because Elder Longo is Hilarious.

On Saturday morning we painted the gate surrounding the apartments where our bishop lives with the zone leaders and the bishop. He really likes to talk to us in English which is always pretty funny and his daughters are super cute! They were showing us their collection of littlest pet shops and my little ponies. And not that it matters to me that much, but my little ponies are really scary looking now! I don't know what happened! Afterwards we had lunch with out mamita and her granddaughter who's like 23 and we ate too much as usual. I don't know, the mamita always cooks really well, but the food here still doesn't like me very much. Anyway, I don't actually remember if it was Saturday after our service project, or earlier in the week, but our mamita gave us oranges for dessert one day, but she only had three and there were four of us, so she told her granddaughter that she didn't get one because they were only for the hermanas. It went a little like this, "but why? I'm an hermana." .. "because you don't go to church" .. "yeah, but I'm still  a daughter of God!" haha! It was a little more funny in Spanish I think.

Last night we had an awesome lesson with a woman named L. Her son was a contact that I made quite a while ago with Hermana Parkinson during an intercambio. We knocked on the door and she let us right in.. I mean it was pouring rain so it made the most sense, but still we were super shocked. We taught her the Restoration and answered a lot of questions. She is really firm in her religion, but she was really receptive and willing to listen. She also said towards the end of the lesson and that she doesn't believe in coincidences and that if we showed up on her doorstep it was for a reason, so we have another lesson with her scheduled for this week! It was really neat to hear her recognize that the Lord has been preparing her and that two girls from Utah showing up on her front porch is a part of Heavenly Father's plan for her! She has a TON of potential and we're super happy that we found her last night.

Well friends and family! I love you all tons and hope that you've had an amazing week! Please enjoy summer for me because it's pretty stinking cold here lately! 

chaoito!

Hermana Sessions

No pictures from Abby today ... but I wanted you all to know that tomorrow is this Sister's Halfway mark!!! Feel free to post a comment for her to cheer her on - I will be sure she gets them all next week!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Little blessings

This week was really special for a lot of little reasons.

We were able to teach T this week for the first time and it was a really great lesson. She moved to La Union from Puerto Montt about a month ago and she lives right next to a family in the ward. We've been helping her out a lot to get all settled in. We've painted her house and helped her move furniture, and for a long time it seemed like she wasn't going to let us share our message with her, but this week it all changed and we were able to really sit down and share the message of the Restoration with her. She also always goes to campo over the weekend to take care of her dad because he's older and needs a lot of help around the house, but this weekend she went earlier and was in town on Sunday so we invited her to church and she said she would be there, but that we wouldn't recognize her when we saw her.

On Sunday morning we called her as we were walking to church and we ended up passing by for her so we could all walk together. She was really dressed up all fancy and almost looked like she could be on her way to a Gatsby party. She was really too funny about it all, but we were so excited to have her there with us. She even stayed for the full three hours!! She said the closing prayer in gospel principles and to be honest, I was a little bit worried and unsure of where it was going to go, and it was quite lengthy but honestly it was a super sincere prayer. She even got pretty emotional and the Spirit was really strong, and I'm pretty sure she could feel it. 

As usual, I love you all and wish you an amazing week! Here are some pictures from a little adventure we took today.. my feet are still wet and a little bit frozen as I write!

much love,

Hermana Sessions

Monday, May 8, 2017

so.. trios are fun

Can I just say that it is so much fun to find someone you kind of know on the mission! On Wednesday of last week I had to go to Osorno in the morning to wait with the Hermana Líderes (Hermana Ruiz) until Hermana Roney arrived from Coyaique. (Side note: I really want to go to Coyaique.. literally everything Hermana Roney has told me sounds like a dream and her pictures are off the charts!) Anyway she didn't get to Osorno until like 8:30pm and then we had to take another bus to La Union.. let's just say it was a late night. When she got off the bus I was just too happy to be her companion.. we even have the same Utah necklace. She is just too cute.. later she told me she was nervous, but the first thing she said to me was, "Wanna here something funny? I know you." I just laughed and said, "I know you too!" Basically we were both thinking the same thing. I was thinking that she wasn't going to know who I was and she was thinking I wasn't going to know her because neither one of us was SUPER social in high school.. too funny! She is darling!

On Friday we adopted another missionary into our family haha. We have been in a trio with Hermana López from Costa Rica since Friday, and she is too cute! We've been having a lot of fun together.. maybe too much fun. I guess that's why the trio’s only temporary. We have to give her back to her companion tomorrow at conference with President. 

On Friday night we worked in La Union and all stayed together in our house. Well we only have two beds and two mattresses, so we took our mattresses off and put them on the floor in the main room (only slightly bigger) and the three of us slept across the two mattresses. I died because Hermana Roney wrote a funny on a whiteboard we have in the house about our sleeping arrangements because on page 32 in the Missionary Manual it says not to sleep in the same bed as your companion. Well, as fun it was it wasn't exactly the most comfortable so on Saturday night we decided to stay in Hermana López´s sector in Rio Bueno because they have 3 mattresses in their house.. (I'm not even really sure I'm spelling mattresses right) It's a lot more comfy! 

On Sunday we worked in Rio Bueno and had a lot of fun! The branch president there even made cinnamon rolls and we each ate two! Hermana Roney said something like, "It's funny because this cinnamon roll tastes so good but in the United States it would just be a crappy cinnamon roll." I died, haha. Earlier Sunday morning we had Stake Conference in Osorno. Our district leader was sitting behind us during the conference and I heard him speaking English and turned around and he was talking to this older guy, turns out the guy served in this mission like forty years ago and is looking to retire here.. super interesting! After conference we had lunch in Rio Bueno and went to visit some members. We were sitting in there house talking with them and they went to ask Hermana Roney what her name was and how to pronounce it.. "Hermana S---" We both looked at her name tag and were so lost, then I looked at mine and it said 'Hermana Roney' haha! Turns our, Elder Sheppard, our district leader, swapped our name tags on our jackets during conference. We laughed so hard we were crying a little bit! I also tripped over a dog.. but he like tried to trip me I swear! 

Anyway, I'm just too stoked to have Hermana Roney as my companion! It has already been so much fun and I really feel like we're going to have an amazing cambio together. She's just what I needed and I'm so grateful for her! I have already learned so much from her and the missionary that she is and the testimony that she has.. I'm already thinking that I'm not going to want to leave her when the time comes and can already imagine that there will be tears!

Wishing all you moms (and future.. 'algun día gonna be a mom' moms) out there a very special Mothers' Day! I love you all and hope you have an incredible week!


Love Hermana Sessions

Monday, May 1, 2017

CAMBIOOOOS!!

..I don't really have cambios, but my companion does! She's going to Valdivia to finish a training and I am staying in La Union and I'm going to be companions with Hermana Roney (Sage).. from Holladay!!! WOOT WOOT! Haha I am seriously so excited!! ..but she is coming from Coyaique tomorrow which is super far south so I will pretty much be waiting for her all day. She just barely finished her training so I will be her second companion in the mission and I'm way happy, but a little bit scared too because well, I have to really know what I'm doing. I still feel so little.. I still have so much to learn and my Spanish is mas o menos no mas.. eeeeee! This cambio is going to be so much fun though! I'm way stoked and I really feel like we're going to see a ton of miracles!! Also so stoked to be companions with Hermana Roney!!

So Hermana Levrino and I have been in the house for the past couple of days because, well, a decent sized dog bit her on Saturday night. We were walking to a member's house for a noche de hogar and a bunch of dogs started barking at us like usual, but this time this white dog ran up and bit my companion right behind her knee. At first she told me she was fine and we walked to the house, but when we got there her leg was bleeding a lot and it looked pretty bad so we went to the hospital. She had to get 4 stitches and the rabies vaccine and has had to rest for a couple days because she shouldn't be walking very much. Today we had to go to the doctor again so that they could clean the bite marks and give her the second vaccine. She has to get 3 more! I felt so bad and wished that I could have prevented it somehow, but she was a trooper through it all.

Last week we also found 4 new investigators! Record!! ..and the best part about it is that two are under the age of 65! WOoOOoh! We're super excited to teach them more! Two of our nuevas are young and one has a cute little family! We haven't been able to see them since because well, a dog ruined the rest of our week, but Hermana Roney and I are going to have some investigators to work with and that's super great! 

These past two transfers haven't been super easy, but I know without a doubt that Heavenly Father has been aware of me. He knows each one of us perfectly and is always award of what we're going through! Don't forget to tell Him what's going on in your life. He wants to hear from you.. He's waiting to here from you!

I love you all so much! Por favor cuídese! 

besitos!

Hermana Sessions

Monday, April 24, 2017

Fear and faith

This week honestly flew by! I really don't even remember most of what happened. I'm going to do my best haha..

We haven't been able to find our investigator A since she fell and was in the hospital for the day. We pray that she's okay and is just spending time with family somewhere. This week we were able to teach another investigator named M twice. In one of the lessons she had a headache that she said she had had all day. I offered her the doTerra oil that my district leader gave me to help with my headaches. It's like a little roller-ball thing and she didn't think anything was coming out so she accidentally put a little too much on. Long story short it got in her eyes and I'm pretty sure I made it a million times worse for her. I felt so bad, but after about 10 minutes of jumping up and down and washing her eyes out in the bathroom she said that she was okay and that it actually was helping with the headache. I FELT SOOO BAD! But the lesson went well and she started reading the Book of Mormon which is super great!

The elders started teaching L, the contact that we made on the street. Last week they had 5 lessons with him and have already taught the first 4 lessons in less than a week. He has a baptismal date for May 13th and came to church on Sunday. He showed up in a suit jacket and tie and looked like a natural, like he had been a member all his life. He's super awesome and it's just so cool to see someone so ready for the gospel. I'm way happy for him. I also had to speak on Sunday. Bishop Muñoz came up to me literally 30 seconds before sacrament started and asked if I could give a talk. Even though I wanted to say no, I wouldn't have, so I did it, but it was so lame. My second talk ever in sacrament meeting and this time in Spanish! I spoke about agency and ended up using a bit of  the lesson plan for the gospel principles class and I'm pretty sure it was only about 5 minutes long and that I said the same things over and over, but I managed. Hopefully it made some sense.

Today we went on a paseo (I don't know the translation for that.. adventure, outing mejor?) to Saltos de Petrohue with the Hermana Leaders and our Zone Leaders. It was super fun and super beautiful and I have lots of cool pictures, so I'll attach a handful! 

I've been thinking a lot this week about fear and faith, and how timid/fearful I am. Since being fearful is pretty much the opposite of having faith, I've realized that I lack a lot of faith. I've been working really hard to have more faith in everything and being less timid and afraid. There is a song in the hymn book that isn't very well known. I had only ever heard it because Lydia Theobald sent me with a bunch of lovely hymns sung by her. I'm not entirely sure what the title is in English, but I think it's something like 'When faith is near' .. Anyway, y'all should learn it because it's super short and super pretty. I also read about 'fear' in the bible dictionary which is also super interesting. So if you have some free time, look it up. It changed my perspective a ton!

Love you all! Have an amazing week!! 

besitos!

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