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!! 


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Monday, April 17, 2017


This week was a solid 5/7.. haha, Chile is such an interesting place. The other day I learned that 7=10.. right? It doesn't quite make sense. I'm no mathematician, but I am pretty sure that 7 does not equal 10. Anyway, I guess the highest score you can get on your homework is a 7, and cute girls must be perfect 7's instead of dimes.. haha.

We found another new investigator this week! She is another cute little old lady. She is super loving, loves to tell stories, and has Alzheimer's. Teaching her is a little bit difficult due to her health condition, but she is a sweetheart! We are really hoping that she can come to an understanding of the gospel with the help of the Spirit! It's super fun to teach her! She was so excited when we gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon.. even if she asked us a handful of times what it was. I love her!

Our cita with our other investigator A fell this week. It sounds like she also fell. We went to visit her and her neighbors told us that she was in the hospital because she fell down. We were worried about her so we went to the hospital during visiting hours to visit her, but she had already been released. We think she must have been with family for the Easter holiday.

On Sunday morning we called V to invite her to church. She told us that she was preparing to leave for mass and cut the call. We were super worried that she was going to go to mass instead of coming to Sacrament meeting, but guess what? SHE CAME TO SACRAMENT MEETING!! WOOT WOOT! ..and she even showed up ten minutes early. She seemed super happy and even said we could visit her this week.

Well, that pretty much sums up this week. Oh actually.. we contacted a guy on the street the other day who was super duper awesome! Naturally we found out he lives in the sector of the Elders.. *clears throat* typical. But, they had a lesson with him in the capilla the other day and he said he wants to be baptized just like that.. how cool is that! We make killer contacts!

Love you all so much and hope you had a wonderful Easter and were able to remember the Savior. Asombro me da! He loves us SOoOOoOo stinkin' much! 

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las fotos: giant grape, my first pichanga, and the pelota (soccer ball) I bought today! Vamos a jugar la pelota en las mañanas! (my comp doesn't know yet haha)

Monday, April 10, 2017

"Casi estoy lista"

Let's try this again.. Seriously so sorry for sending you all an email to my mom! Que vergüenza!! I'm really good at sending messages to the wrong people. Just one of my many talents.. yeah. It's a really good thing we don't have texting on our cell phone!

This week was a good one full of some amazing miracles! The hermana leaders called us and asked us to try an activity of asking for references in prayer. We said a prayer together, then went to our map to choose ten streets where we could go knock doors. I numbered the 10 streets 1-10. Then we said separate prayers and each chose five streets to knock. For some reason I kept thinking "number 4, number 4", but every time I read the street name of number 4, I was not impressed. The hermana leaders told us that when they did the activity, they had 4/5 streets in common. ..Hermana Levrino and I had one (but it did happen to be the 4th street on each of our lists). We knocked the street and made a few decent contacts, but felt a little bit bummed out afterward because that was about it. I had a pretty strong feeling that not much was going to come out of knocking doors in that street immediately, but maybe further down the road, so I still have faith in "Lago Trinidad".

On Thursday night we were knocking doors in a few little streets that we had never knocked before. We knocked a couple doors and made a couple "mas o menos" contacts. Then we knocked a door (and when I say knocked a door, I really mean yelled "HALLO" outside of the gate) and an older woman answered. She told us to open the gate and come up to the door to talk to her, so we did and we talked with her for a little bit and explained that we would like to share more with her. She agreed and asked us, "Now?" and we were overjoyed and said yes and went in and taught her The Restoration. It went REALLY WELL. We scheduled another cita with her for Saturday and she became the second 'real' new investigator that Hermana Levrino and I have had together. Funny enough, she lives on street '4'. 

When we passed by for her on Saturday for our cita she either wasn't there or didn't feel like opening the door, and we were a little bummed out. Later I felt like we should try again to see if she was home, so we went by again and she opened the door! We talked to her from outside the gate for a little while and after some convincing, she agreed to come to church with us! On Sunday morning we called her before leaving the house to pass by for her. She basically told us no and hung up on us.. but we still had faith that she was going to come to church one way or another so we showed up on her doorstep. When she opened the door she smiled and said, "casi estoy lista" (I'm almost ready) and shut the door. I looked at Hermana Levrino with my mouth open.. I seriously couldn't believe it. I thought it was going to take some more convincing.. but no, she was almost ready!! And the best part was that she opened the door again, walked to church with us, and stayed for all of Sacrament Meeting!! WOOT WOOT!!

So I know it's hard sometimes, but seriously, look for the little miracles every day because they're happening all around. And if the Spirit tells you to choose number four, don't be stubborn, and choose number four! (Elder Rasband's conference talk) I love you all! Thank you so much for your prayers and support!

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Another week flies by ...

Once again... I don't have much time, so I'm gonna have to keep it short today. BUT.. On Wednesday we had zone conference with President in Osorno and it was super-duper! I honestly don't have a clue what happened on Thursday. Friday we had district meeting and talked a lot about using our time wisely (aka chapter 8 of Preach My Gospel)..oh and we had intercambios with the hermana leaders. I stayed in La Union again with.. Hermana Ruiz! It was so much fun to be companions with her again for the day! We had a blast!! We even found two new investigators out of the blue knocking doors! I couldn't even believe it! On Saturday we had Zone meeting, and General Conference and then taught a lesson to an old investigator.. and Sunday was full of MORE General Conference!! It was incredible!! wOOooOOoHOooO!! 

Yeah I know that was super fome! But we left almost no time for emailing again today! lo sientopo! Also I don't have very many good pictures to send your way either, so I'm really slacking! ..but I do have some pictures from my last intercambio with Hermana Parkinson.. and a super random awkward selfie of me in my pajamas so enjoy, haha! 

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