I swear it was just barely pday. Something funny, when I was sending my letter, Hna Ruiz saw our address and said, “Vive en Jupiter?” Ha ha ha ha.
STAYING IN PAINE! YAY!!! I am seriously so stoked, you don’t understand. And with Hna Ruiz too. In fact, our entire ZONE of Buin is the same, minus one new sister coordinator because one just left! Hna Ruiz said that in their meeting, Pres Warne said he has a lot of trust in the Buin zone and that there are a lot of excellent missionaries here. 🙂 But before he told us for reals, our district leader called and said I was going to Curico, Hna V to open a new sector, Hna G to train, Elder Horsely to train, and Elder Angel to Buin – we were all freaking out. It was horrible. Then he called back and told us the truth. Not cool! But I’m just happy that I’m here. 🙂
To answer from the other email, Celia and Javier havent been married yet, but we DO have a date for both the marriage and baptism! Woohoo! And it makes me so happy, Javier has mentioned more than once that his goal is the temple. Amazing, right? And I secretly hope that I’m still here for my birthday and Christmas too. Not to mention the things I just mentioned. But I can’t stress too much about it…I’ll have time for that when I actually know this week. 🙂
So, we are gonna start with Wednesday. We started what I was most nervous for this entire transfer: DIVISIONES. Where I was in charge of our sector! Ahhhh!!! Luckily I was with Hna Villareal, who I live with, so she was able to help me out. It didnt go perfectly, and we were a little lost sometimes, but I learned a TON from her and I did it! Woohoo! We met a really funny lady, Maria. At first when we were talking, she kept saying things like, “You just have something special”, “you are so sincere”, ” you have a glow”… Seriously, totally cliche. I was thinking, “This is one of those miracle moments where someone is super duper prepared!!”. But then when she found out we were “mormons”, she said, “Oh, no. I dont like the Mormons”. WELL YOU LIKED US 5 SECONDS AGO! Ha ha ha.
Something else kinda cool, I’ve been playing the piano for the branch for a christmas devotional they are going to have in Dec. The problem is, transfers are in 2 weeks, so I dont know if I’ll still be here! We’ll see! But I love spending time with all of them, even though I’m dang tired of playing “Regocijad, Jesús nació”. 😉
Thursday was… HALLOWEEN! My first real holiday in the mission field! Not gonna lie, its little sad to miss my favorite part of the year, but I had a good day. Its not celebrated as huge here, people didnt find it weird for us to visit, even in the evening. We contacted lots of doors too, but no one opened or gave us candy. 😦 But we had a fun “noche de hogar” in our casa and I gave a little lesson, we had a “special musical number” by Hnas Villareal and Gonzales, and ate completos and candy! Also, that evening there was a 6.6 earthquake in Santiago. We “felt” it here. Well, others did. I only noticed a picture moving, didnt really feel anything. But everything is okay here!
Friday I just have to say that I bought a ham and cheese empanada and it was DELISH.
Saturday we visited Hna Pilar, who turned 80 years old! We bought her cake and icecream and visited her and her daughter. She is alone most of the time, so she really loved it, was SO happy. 🙂 We also watched the Restoration movie with Angelica, who is ready to be baptized this week! Woohoo!!!!! We watched with Hna Amanda, a less active, and her husband, a non member, so it was cool all around. I also had a special moment in teaching a less active family about keeping the sabbath day holy. We’ve been working with them the entire time I’ve been here and I took the lead in teaching this lesson. And sunday….
THEY CAME TO CHURCH. All three meetings too! So happy. 🙂 That day we also had a way cool lesson with Juan and Veronica, who are less actives and the parents of 2 daughters over 8 that havent been baptized. I’ve had lots of experiences where the kids LOVE church, love the lessons, love the learn about the gospel, but their parents hold them back a little bit, which is sad. But this lesson really helped them feel the importance of living the gospel principles as a FAMILY.
And today, we had a way fun P day activity. The 2 zones here in Buin went to a park called Aqua Buin, we played fútbol, fuzbol, pingpong, and ate bbq and cake. It was fun to have a big group and just do some normal things!
So…that was this week. Another great one! LOVE YOU ALL AND WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!
Some exciting news: Monday we found out that Hna Ruiz is the new sister coordinator! Woohoo! I don’t know exactly what that means for me (other than an extra meeting), but I’m excited for her! Just goes to show what an awesome missionary she is!
Tues I had a funny experience with this family. Ercelia is less active and her family has lots of problems. Her son in law was drunk when we visited, came out of the house with his guitar, tambourine, and evangelist bible, and starts talking to us about how he drinks to solve his problems. Hna Ruiz marked a chapter for him to read in the bible instead of drinking. 😉 I thought he was gonna start singing, but he didn’t. But what was really funny was that he went back into the house and brought out these mugs with a drink inside. Obviously, we were like, “Uh, what is that?”. “No!”, he said, “Bebida! No alcohol!”. Ha ha ha.
Wed was SUPER bizarre too. On the way back from our district meeting, we rode in a colectivo…..he had a STUFFED HUMMINGBIRD in the windshield. Creepy much? We went straight to lunch where apparently I ate octopus lasagna. I’m not even joking you. Its a good thing I had no idea what it was before hand. It wasnt my favorite, but it really wasnt bad, so… yeah. Interesting. 🙂 One final funny thing: that same day we went into a little almacen to buy some pan and queso, and this little girl turns to Hna Ruiz and says, pointing to me, “Ella es suyo?” As in, she’s yours? Hna responded and laughed, “Mi compañera, sí!”. Ha ha ha.
Thurs we went to Huelquén, which is SUPER country. As in vineyards, tons of way pretty flowers, bees buzzing super loud in the trees. It also meant a LOT of walking – the most I’ve done in my mission. So by the end of the day we were pretty tired, took a little breaksita on some swings (pic).
Fri we taught seminary again. It has become a way for me to track my progress! This time I was able to speak WAY more, and actually TEACH something (and least I hope so).
Sun like usually was amazing. I’ve become really close with some of the members, and I love spending time with them. One cool experience we had: We had planned a noche de hogar with a family and 2 less active members. But the 2 last minute weren’t able to go. We went over to the family’s house (sidenote: they had baby chickies, so cute) and the Hna had a friend over. Well, being super awesome, Hna Ruiz took the opportunity to turn it into a lesson and we were able to share with her, and have plans to visit her more! Crazy how sometimes the Lord has other things prepared, right?
Overall, I really learned this week that its the small and simple things that make the difference. Because over time, these small things amount to GREAT things. Oh, and we are super excited because we secured a date for matrimonio for Javier and Celia so that means she also has a date for baptism! Woo! Finally!! I’m way excited for her to be able to receive this blessing. I was also really proud that we accomplished our goals for investigators in the church (4 for 4) and investigators with a date for baptism (6 for 4!).
Thanks for all your love and support! As Ellen always says, sending it right back at ya! 😉