They Came to Church!

Not anyone in particular, but we just had a really good week in the church! 4 investigators, 7 less actives, and 3 converts. 🙂 And we also found 9 new investigators… I’ll tell you that cool story in a minute..

But first, a bit about the week.
Mon- Happy Birthday to my baby brother!
Tue- Had an interesting experience with some of our investigators. Theyve been listening to the missionaries for some time, but its obvious they like the social part of it more than anything… so we thought. We hadn’t seen them in like a month, decided to set up an appointment again, and when we went, it turns out they have been reading the Book of Mormon. And they shared a bit how theyve felt as theyve prayed, etc. Honestly, I didn’t think that ANYTHING we had shared had stuck, but it did!
Wed- I did divisions with Hna Cuevas and went to her sector. Its crazy how quickly we can learn to love the people and think about/ worry about them. It was the first time meeting the investigators/less actives / etc of the other hermanas, but I really did feel what I should say to help, and wanted the best for them! And the best part is that Hna Archila had a fantastic day leading our sector, which was a huge relief. 🙂
Thur- we gained a new investigator Grimenesa and her son, and she is SO amazing. Her parents were married in our church, but now they don’t have anything to do with the church. But at the end of the lesson she offered the prayer and started crying, sincerely pouring her heart out to Heavenly Father, saying how she wanted to be close to Him and the church again. So special!
Fri- Lots of crazy funny experiences. A huge dog came up to us and I thought it was friendly… NOPE. Tried to bite my leg but only bit my skirt. Nearly died. Later I tripped harrrrrrrrrrrdcore, and the sidewalk was barely uneven. Awk. And then in Zumba the bishops 9 yr old daughter was dancing on some boxes and fell. I ran to help, looked at my comp and she was trying to hold in the laughter… nahahahaha.
Sat- Lessons, piano class, and more lessons. We are helping a less active family and their daughter Aracelly is going to get baptized in 2 weeks! Plus, they gave us the reference of a friend and he came to the lesson! Woo!
Sun- Like I said, a great day at church. And plus, the way special experience, like I promised. Last sunday in our weekly plan sesh, we had 9 appts with future investigators. So we decide to put a goal of 9 new investigators! But through the week lots of those appts fell through. Yesterday we had gained 6, and were walking to another part of our sector. We saw a lady carrying lots of heavy bags, walking with her dad (super old). We offer to help and carry her bags to her house. She lets us in, is interested, we gained 3 new investigators – so we reached our goal of 9 in the week! It showed me that if we exercise our faith and WORK to reach it, we can accomplish high goals!!!
Well fam, thats all for now. Hope you have a fantastic week. Hope you enjoy conference, its gonna be my last one in Chile!!!! 🙂
–No photos this week–

Feliz Fiestas Patrias!

A WAYYYYYYYYYYYY fun week, lots of celebrating. And working hard too, but definitely a different week than is normal

Monday we got our pday cut short! Normally we have til 6 in the evening as pday, but this week with all the fiestas and activities, we went out at 330 like any other normal day. I was actually really grateful that, we needed it to be able to see people… because the rest of the week went like this:

Tues- CHOCK FULL OF LESSONS. An hermana came with us to a lesson with Carolina in the morning. Shes a way good investigator, but it sooooo scared of commitments. She is willing to read the book of mormon, pray, etc etc, but says shes gonna need a TON of time before shes ready to be baptized. 😉 A different member also came with us in the evening with her neighbor/friend, then later her less active daughter! Boom, nailed it. We also found a new investigator and 3 new menos activos. And we accomplished basically all our goals, and they were pretty high. THats a happy day!

Wed- I got to do divs with a new missionary, so it was her first time! And I brought her here to Rengo and my comp went with hers. It was a bit of a crazy day, with it being “pre-fiesta” kinda, so a lot of the plans we had fell through. But we still were able to find a new investigator, we contacted lots of people in the street, and saw a menos activo and a convert.

Thurs- HAPPY 18 de SEPTIEMBRE! We enjoyed a super mega delish bbq with the Gomez family (basically another one of my adopted chilean families), then saw Gina (a recent convert), then another meal with Luis and Clarisa (part member family), then home. We had to enter the house at 830, which is an hour early. But it was super chill, I was expecting worse, like we would have to contact all day. Hahaha.

Oh wait, we contacted all day thursday….the day AFTER . IT was crazy, we seriously had such good plans, we had appointents and everything, but they alllllllllllllllllllll fell through. But we had a way good noche de hogar with the familia Lopez (he’s from COLOMBIA dad! and he served in this mission!!!)

Saturday we had the ward activity for fiestas patrias and we had permission to be there all day. THAT was our pday! 🙂 We dressed up as “huasas”, ate tons of steak and salads, played typical games, and listened to sweet music. LOVE this ward, they are so fun.

And sunday I gave a talk, on apostasy and the restoration! Its a topic we talk about alot as missionaries, so I decided to change it up a bit. *warning*, Ive gotten bold here in the mish: I started out my talk by not talking for 20 seconds. EVeryone was looking at me, some thought I was emotional, others thought I was nervous, etc etc. But I related it to how the silence is uncomfortable and can be confusing, and thats how it was during the great apostasy because Heavenly Father wasn’t speaking to his prophets at that time. I felt good about what I shared and it reminded me of some of the basic principles I teach every day. Ps, my invitation to you is the same I shared with the ward. TONIGHT you need to include in your night prayers the question if Joseph Smith was a prophet and if the church of Jesus Christ was restored. Will you pray? I know you will feel that its true if you do!!!

Love you family. Hope you all treat Joey like a king, and give him 13 extra spankings in my name. Hint hint , thats your cue Natcat). Tell Grandma happy birthday too! And that I love her and am giving her a huge squish hug!

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Fiestas Patrias (#2)

Happy 18 de Sep this week! Its a mega big deal here, and everyones getting ready to parrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrty. Except the missionaries, haha. We have a super good week planned, except for that one day, which will be interesting.

Heres the rest:
Tue- I got my new compi! Hna Archila is also a sister coordinator, so we are basically a dream team. No, it just really makes a difference to have a comp with experience, wants and KNOWS how to work hard, and has lots of great ideas. In our mission and throughout the world the leaders of the church want to have the sister leaders together in companionship, just like zone leaders, so its pretty fun experience. But, that means we have to travel farther to help zones that dont have the sister leaders. Guess which other zone we have?!? BUIN!!! That means I get to go do divs in PAINE. So excited. 🙂
The rest of the week was lots of lessons. We were able to find lots of new investigators and new menos activos, and basically all of them just let us in the first time we met them. For example, we saw a woman outside her house, started talking, and she let us in. She is AMAZING. She prays, she has faith, she wants to help her family, and she loved what we taught. She actually got emotional because she had prayed before we came for something to help her son, who doesn’t believe much in God, etc. But he loves music, plus wants to learn english. And the next came we showed up at her door, offering free music and english classes. Coincidence doesn’t exist here people.
Friday we had a special leadership training in Rancagua and it was SIIIIICK.President Warne had a special mission president training, and got to teach us how to be better missionaries, so say it simply. We talked about planning, plus Hna Archila and I got to present a bit about how the district and zone leaders can use us more as sister coordinators. You know I loved that opportunity to share my opinions (woman power!). ha ha.
Another special experience I had was with a menos activa. She came to church because she knew she needed to return, and then asked us to visit to help prepare her daughter to get baptized. We never could go to her house and we didnt have her number, but then Saturday in the evening I just felt and KNEW that we had to go visit. We got a little lost, so we went to a store. Just in that moment was another menos activo that is her friend (knows where she lives) and accepted a visit as well. We found Hna Paola (the MA) and got to teach her and her daughter. BOOM.
And other random fun things of the week:
Saturday was world service day, so us 8 missionaries and Hno Ismael (mission leader) planted 3 trees and cleaned up a park.
Tues and Fri the ward does free Zumba classes. SO many non members come, its incredible. And Ive never wanted to dance so bad in my life.
With 2 new sisters in the house, we cleaned hardcore, reorganized everything, and now we have a new house. YAY.
I just want to say again that I LOVE being a missionary. Its the best best best thing Ive ever done. 🙂
Love you guys tons!! Have an amazing week and enjoy the fall weather! ITS ALMOST SUMMER IN CHILE! 🙂
Hermana Clawson
This is the only pic I have of the week, with my 2 Guatemalan companions, Hna Mendez and Hna Archila. 🙂