Holas

So, not gonna lie, a tricky week. We had the both extremes, super good, and super lame.

Mon – First things first, we had a MIRACLE. Like, legit. We had awesome plans to see a recent convert, had an appointment for 2 new investigators, and some other back up plans. We went to each: NADA. It was ridiculous. We had put in our agendas “contact in Nincunlauta” because we honestly thought for sure these other plans were solid, but we went with it. Hna Ayre was like, “This street?”. I didn’t feel anything special, but I felt that SHE felt something, so we went with it. We contact the first house and this girl comes out. We ask if she’s met the missionaries before. No, but her brother, but he’s not home. Oh wait, here he comes! He was super friendly, excited to see us (doesn’t happen too often) and then gives us a shocker: he has a really close friend that is a member, but menos activo! We go to his house and find out that just 2 days earlier he had texted an active member friend that he wanted to return to the church. And then we showed up at his door. It was a way special experience and throughout the week we’ve have good contact with him and he really has the sincere desire to return. And is even interested in serving a mission. YIPEE.
Tue- The special part of the day was our lesson with Paola and her kids Antonio, Cristofer, and Johan – and they even had a friend over that listened too! My FAVORITE moment in the mission: when people pray. And Cristofer offered it, even though his friend was there, and he is like, 14 yrs old. I don’t know if I would do it if I were in his situation. It was amazing.
Wed- We enjoyed a homemade pizza lunch (with ham, hotdog, and corn…tasty, you should try it), laughed a TON as the elders impersonated our mission nurse (“Hna, my back really hurts”… “Just play your ukelele…Just thing about your mom.”), and had an amazing lesson where Emanuel (a member, 18 yrs old future elder) came with us to Fernanda and bore his testimony of how the Book of Mormon helped his family with his problems. We can talk all day, but his testimony of that is what stuck with her, she said that she wants help in her family`s problems too.
Thur- Wow. We had just left Katerine for a bit of time, but we passed by this morning to drop off the Bible we promised her. She then told us of an experience she had… she starting reading the Book of Mormon! And she said that as she opened it, she saw a paloma (dove) and took it for her sign that it is a true book. Sounds a little crazy, I know, but we’ve tried SO many ways to get her to understand that reading this book is essential to knowing what we are telling her his true, so we’ll take it!
Fri – We had an activity for the obra misional. A NOCHE MEXICANA!!!!! It was SUCH a success, and we couldn’t have done it with out the help of the amazing rama (branch) Centinela. The primary and soc soc (Relief Society) did skits of El Chavo, some people sang, and us hermanas sang a group called Pandora, but we changed the lyrics to be about the mission. We had lots of investigators come to the capilla (chapel) like Paola, Cristofer, Antonio, Francisco, and menos activos too. And everyone LOVED it, we all were dying laughing. 🙂 🙂
Sat- I think after all the partying we did Friday, we all crashed. Including our investigators. We had really good plans and appointments, but every single one fell through, even the ones where we called only 2 hours before. It was pretty ridiculous how bad it was, but its always good to look back and see that we can get through those hard days.
Sun- Didn’t have as many people as we wanted in the church, but we saw one major miracle. Lucas is an investigator (10 yrs old) and SUPER ready for baptism, but his dad is menos activo, his mom not a member and not interested in ever being one. But they are both really receptive to having us teach. Well this week his dad was just going to drop him off at church, but he decided to stay for sacrament meeting!!! YES. Also, Hermana Ayre and I both gave talks (nailed it), even though its still pretty scary en español. Last miracle of the day: visited Maritza, an amazing menos activo (pays her tithing, but just has a hard time getting to the church on Sundays) and her 3 kids (our faves) all accepted a baptism date as they receive their answers! They’ve had missionaries before, but they’ve never really progressed, so we hope that can change!!
And today we had a WAY fun pday, we went to PICHILEMU : Surf Capital of the World! The Chilean ocean is supes legit. We took loads of fun pics at Punta de Lobos (where supposedly Jack Johnson has a house) and also went to Casa de las Empanadas. I got one with Chicken, cheese, and corn, and another “hawaiian”- cheese, ham, and pineapple. YUM deep fried goodness.
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9 Months!

Guess what guys…. it happened! The half way mark! That is SO ridiculous. It makes me way happy to see the progress I’ve made personally, but it also goes so fast, I worry that theres a lot that I’m not gonna be able to do. But its a happy birthday anyways. 🙂

I feel really happy and content with the work we did this week. We were able to share our experience  last pday of climbing the huge mountain (and losing the trail) with some different investigators and menos activos, and Hna Ayre and I love the analogy. Honestly, there are 2 paths to the top of the mountain (or eternal life). We can either follow the trail (keep the commandments/ our covenants, live the gospel fully, etc) or we can go our own way. We can get to the top, but one way is gonna be a LOT easier. But the beautiful part is that we can always return to the trail. Sometimes its hard, and it hurts (my sore legs can testify of that), but once we get to the top and can see EVERYTHING, it is BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING. And SOOOOO worth it.
Tues- We were able to continue to visit Katerine, who came to church this week, and committed to live the word of wisdom. We introduced her to more members, are helping her understand the gospel, and hopefully see how it can change her life.
Wed- We had our district meeting, and afterwards… the MOST AMAZING DIVISIONS EVER. Hna Jaramillo de Argentina came with me and she started her mission in Centinela, so it was fun to surprise some people when we visited. Also, we found 3 new investigators in this one day, plus had an amazing noche de hogar with a less active that introduced us to her friend and her kids! 🙂
Thurs- Another very busy day. We managed to pull off 2 lessons with members, which was a fight, but we did it. And another very special experience we had was with Domonique. She is less active and was baptized in the other branch, so doesn’t know anyone here. And….she smokes. So we are working with her, including a booklet and a calendar to help her read the Book of Mormon everyday, as well as gradually quit cigarettes. She has become a lot more receptive to our visits and really wants this help, so I know she’s gonna be able to achieve her goals.
Fri- We had 2 special moments in our 2 lessons. With Ana we watched the Restoration vid. She finally got it. “Jose Smith vio Dios y Jesucristo en la luz! (Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ in the light!)” she said. YES. Also, we visited a fam less active and the mom shared a way special experience she had this week where she had a dream and she got her answer in the scriptures. We read the same section with her, D&C 1, and talked about how blessed we are to have the only true and living church in our lives to guide our families.
Sat- One of my FAVORITE lessons that I can remember. We brought Pablo to a lesson with Paola. They are neighbors and Pablo’s mom is a really good friend. He was able to share how the gospel has changed his life and how he recieved his answer. And at the end, Paola did the closing prayer, which she fought not to do… but it was AMAZING. Seriously, that is probably my favorite moment in the mission, when we hear people praying out loud for the first time. Its seriously powerful.
Sun- Katerine came to church! Wooo! And that was it… but one is better that none! And I’m surprised at all the members that did come …. it was COOOOOOOOLD. Seriously, they dont have good heating in the church building, but we were all tough and bundled up. Ha ha. And later in the evening we had an AMAZING lesson with Vanesa, the wife of a less active. She prayed at the end that we can keep visiting and helping her family find the right path. 🙂 🙂 🙂 We just need to get them married, and we’ll be good to go..

Earthquakes, Conferences and Mountains

Well well fam. Crazy but AMAZING week. Oh my.

Monday we had a miracle. We had an appt with a less active Domonique, but when we passed her house, she wasnt home. We left a little note, and decided to pass another  less active family in a different street. After a few seconds, we turn and see Dom! We got to go back to her house, share with her (and she shared sopapillas) and had a way cool experience. We invited her to read in the BofM everyday before her studies. And the next day, we randomly saw her in Internet and found that she did it! YAY!
Tues- April Fools! Hna Ayre and I wanted to do something a little crazy for the latinas, but we ended up not having time. So the craziest thing I did was write in my journal upside down that day. Ha ha ha. But it was a fun day: we got to visit the  less active of the elders and help her with her english! Always fun. I also found out that Hna Ayre´s mom is named Kelli. Awkward…..ha ha. And lastly, when we were at correlation, we heard about the earthquake up north. And no, we didn’t feel anything. Wed or Thurs we felt a little temblor in the night time, right before sleeping. But it was pretty scary because all the missionaries along the coast had to leave their sectors for the tsunami warning. But we are all grateful that everything is okay. 🙂
Wed- We are visiting Ana a few times a week, she is a cute little lady (literally) but her fam has major problems. Like, all her adult sons do drugs,  but in one lessons, she prayed to close and she asked that we could keep coming, even if she doesn’t go to church. Mostly, she’s just very alone, but that’s exactly why she needs the gospel and the rama (branch)! We also are still working with Katerine, but I don’t really know if there is much more we can do for her. She has been taught mostly everything, has came to church a few times, but still has some issues. Its just hard because she reads and prays, but is having a hard time recognizing her answer.
Thurs- We had our district meeting as a zone because the leaders had leadership council tues, so they taught us all they learned! They are always the best, because its tips and advice directly from Pres and Hna Warne! Later we had lunch with Cesar, the hippie vegetarian recent convert. But it was really yummy- spagetti and lots of veggies and a natural homemade juice. 🙂 We also gained 2 new investigators this day. And they are both family members of  less active. And one miracle: One named Lorena is MARRIED. I can’t even tell you how big a deal that is.
Fri- Our zone conference. Yes, lots of meetings and conferences this week. We discussed a lot about Christ, his life and teachings, and also his attributes. And I got to give a talk on knowledge! Later, we had BEANS ON CHIPS for lunch, and that made me super trunky, just because I’ve never eaten that here! So yummy. Oh, and we also all got the flu shot. I was one of the only hnas that wasn’t flipping out.
Later in the day we had an interesting experience. We had to contact for about 2 or more hours, and no one was answering. But somehow it passed really fast, and the people that did answer were pretty receptive! That night the elders had a baptism and I got to see Genesis, another recent convert. She is AMAZING. I included a pic. She came to the baptism because it was her little brother! Sweet, huh? After the baptism we only had about half an hour, and we were walking in the street, see someone totally passed out. It was pretty sketchy, the first drunken lady I’ve ever seen, but don’t worry, we only stayed to see someone else help her.
Sat- CONFERENCE!!!!! Oh my goodness, we watched the womens conference in the morning…amazing!!! As soon as I heard them start to sing the hymns in english, I nearly started crying. And all the talks the entire day were so good. I got so many answers, personal guidance, and inspiration for our sector. Ridiculous.
Sunday too. And the best part, even though none of our investigators came, we had 2 MA come, and they both had way good experiences. I think my favorite talk was from Elder Corbridge of the seventy (The Prophet Joseph Smith), it was a major answer for me. And also Elder Scotts or Ballards (??) about LOVE. The love of the Savior. And how simple it is.
And today for our pday, we got to hike this HUGE moutain in Peumo, where there is this giant cross. It was the hardest hike I’ve ever done, but we all finished. Oh, and hna Ayre and I were the first hnas to reach the top. Word.
I love you all TONS and am so grateful for all of you! And like Pres Warne told us in our weekly message, with all that we’ve learned and felt with conference, now its time to put it into practice, little by little!!
Have a WONDERFUL week!!!! Cuidese chao!