It’s getting hot in here…

Transfers went just fine this week! It always makes me laugh, we FILL the bus terminal in Rancagua, all the missionaries and our luggage. I met up with my CHILEAN companion Hna Colil (from Santiago), but everyone thinks shes a gringa. An elder that just left our area said, “Shes chilean? She looks like shes from AMERICA.”

We’ve been working well together, and its been a crazy experience for her trying to get to know all the investigators. In fact, EVERYONE was expecting Hna Archila to stay and finish her mission in Rengo, so its been a hard change for a lot of people. But she’s handling it well, even though at least 2 people have cried. Ha ha ha.
And like I said, its getting HOT. This week should be a bit better, but phew…. it scares me a bit. It was SO funny, we have a new missionary in our house, fresh from the MTC. Shes from Argentina. She asked a member the other day in lunch, “when is this heat going to end?” and we all just looked at eachother, trying not to laught… “The heat is just STARTING… we havent even gotten to summer yet!” Pobrecita. ๐Ÿ™‚
Wed we had a way interesting district meeting. The assistants came and as part of our class (we learned about contacts), we hit the STREETS to contact people. Got a reference for the other sector, it was sweeeeeeeet.ย  It was also a great day because Jose CUT HIS HAIR, and Alejandra told us that she’s stopped drinking tea because she has to get used to it (we haven’t taught word of wisdom yet…) I’m telling you, feeling the spirit CHANGES people.
Another family that we are starting to teach are Vicki, Linda, and Nicolas. They are super special to me. They are catholic, but were really interested in the piano and english classes. They’ve come 2 times now! And we’ve taught the restoration and Book of Mormon and they pay such attention, the little kid (9) LOVES to read and learn. The 3 are siblings, and they have to take care of each other, cause their mom has breast cancer for the 3rd time. So if you could, please include them in your prayers, she might have surgery this week, so we are trying to help all we can. ๐Ÿ™‚
Other great moments of the week: Jose prayed with us for the first time and NAILED it, Grimanesa introduced us to her less active mom and a friend, the Rios family wanted to return to the church (they are from San Javier, so we LOVE talking about that branch, plus I can buy beauty products from them), and Enrique told us that he finally wants to get married and baptized (he’s been investigating and coming to church for about 3 years now…)
And finally, something this week really helped remind me of how blessed I am to have you all as my family and the gospel in my life. Yesterday was Edith’s 13th birthday, and her mom invited us over to celebrate a bit in the evening. When we got to her house, her mom was drunk, her dad had been drinking too, her aunt too, and other random adults were there smoking, etc. Obviously we didn’t feel too great about the situation, but all the other adults left, so us 2 celebrated with Edith, while her mom Gladys was there, but not really. And her mom went to bed early (passed out? I really don’t know), so us 2 missionaries helped Edith clean up the house and put everything back together. Honestly, it was so sad to be reminded of the situation that some people live but I also saw the faith that this 13 year old convert has… its amazing. Even though this is her life, she’s ALWAYS smiling and laughing, gives the BEST hugs, and the church and the gospel is going to help her live different that what she has in the past.
So don’t forget to count your many blessings. And you guys are my #1s!!! Love you all, have a fantastic week!!!

Fun Week in Paine

Wow, I can’t believe how fast this week went. Hna Silva and I are keeping busy, I tell you what. We have improved a ton number wise, in a lot of different areas, which is pretty much thanks to her, she ROCKS, especially with the members. We had 8 lessons with members present this week! Last week we had 3 and normally we are lucky to have like 4 or 5. So yeah, it was cool. Also, we had 5 investigators come to church! In fact, attendance at church this week was the highest I’ve seen in my time here in Paine. YAY!!

As for the week – Mon we played “baby” / “pelota” / futbol and I scored… twice. One was on accident, one was legit. Like, for reals. Something about Chile makes me skilled. Ha ha. Later when we went out to work for the evening, we had a way cool experience with Carmen and Angelina. We have invited them to pray about the decision to be baptized, and they both said they received their answers. BOTH SAID YES. And when we told Carmen that her son Marcos could baptize her, she started to cry. Then Angelina…then Hna Silva and I. Ha ha ha. It is something so special for their family. And its a miracle because they were so closed at first – “Somos catolicas” (cant tell you how many times I hear that EVERY DAY) but now Carmen says “No tengo dudas”. The spirit really does change people!
We also found some really great new investigators. Katerine for example, said she has been searching for the right path, met with missionaries when she was chica and wanted to be baptized, doesn’t believe in worshiping saints / images, and knows that smoking and drinking are bad for her body. There are always challenges, but right now she sounds like the perfect investigator, right? We’ll see!
Thurs we were really excited because a family of less actives that we have worked with a TON (and I LOVE to death) – the mom and daughter came to the soc soc (Relief Society) activity with us! I totes learned how to crochet guys, like with pop tabs too. Hard to explain, but its legit. Im telling you, Chileans are skilled with the artsy crafty stuff. Loooooove it.
Friday was Hna Ruizs birthday. Earlier in the week she sent me a package through our zone leaders that had peanut butter and m&ms. Isn’t she so cool? Yeah. I know. She says Hi and thanks for the regalo! What was it by the way?
Saturday was Happy 9 months to Hermana Silva!
And Sunday was Tanner’s birthday! Wooo! Party til your purple!!
And today is monday. And we went to Buin Zoo. It was really fun! I took lots of nice pics for yall.
Thats all I have for now. Hope you have a great coming week! LOVE YOU ALL!!!!
Housemates…I love them all. We are having WAY too much fun together…

Happy Week… with Sad Transfers

So, I’m staying in Rengo for another 6 weeks! But the sad is that Hna Archila is going to finish her mission in Constitution, and not with me. We were ALL expecting her to spend her last transfer here, so it’s a surprise. But I’m SO happy and grateful for the transfer I had with her, we worked hard and are seeing SO many people progress!! My new companion will be Hna Colil from CHILE. ๐Ÿ™‚

As for this week, crazy fun! Sorry, but its been a crazy day, so I’m not gonna feel like writing a bunch of details. But heres the important stuff:
Us 8 missionaries plus 2 members did a service project for our investigator Jose- we cleaned his house, painted the living room, and cut the grass/ weeds out front. He’s the old grandpa that lives solo, so it was cool to transform his house. Plus, now its clean. ๐Ÿ™‚
Bishop held a family night in his house for 2 of our investigators about the family. They LOVED it, plus their 2 crazy kids behaved well, which was a miracle. Also, the next day, Bishop’s wife had us over for dinner with Edith, the recent convert. ๐Ÿ™‚
Thursday we had a big zone conference and the assistants NAILED IT with a video about joy in the work, leaving the apartment in time and talking with EVERYONE. It was so funny, we were allllllllllll crying. Plus, its always fun to be together, learn lots of new things, etc etc.
Saturday- BAPTISM! Aracelly got baptized! The ward was super supportive, her family has happy, it was super beautiful! And Sunday when she got confirmed, her big brothers were sustained and ordained to the Aaronic priesthood! I LOVE their family, way super special to us. ๐Ÿ™‚
And well, Sunday and today we’ve spent saying some goodbyes for Hna Archila. Its hard, but I know that she’s gonna do great things in her new sector. Shes been a fantastic companion and thanks to her, we’ve progressed a ton here in our sector. ๐Ÿ™‚
Hope you are all well fam bamily! LES AMO!!!
Hermana Clawson
Baptism,
the Obra Misional Barrio Las Nieves (ward mission leader)
Zone conference fotos (preparation for the Christmas video)
and especially for JOEY- my member friend has a minecraft sword! hahahaha NERD POWER.

Super Semana ;) (Super Week)

Well family, its that time of the week again. I honestly annoy myself with how much I say it, but the time is absolutely flying. We had a FANTASTIC week, but I found myself frustrated cause we still had a lot to do. And this cambio (transfer) is almost over, we are starting week 6! Ahhhh! But here’s last week:

Mon- Had a FANTASTIC Family Home Eveningย with Edith and her mom with a member family. They were SO great, offering lots of help and just letting them know they cared and were there for them. ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s the best thing the members can do! Take care of the new members so that when the missionaries go, they have someone to trust!
Tues- You know how sometimes its impossible to stop laughing in the middle of a hymn or prayer, even though its a bit irreverent? SO happened with Hna Archila and I. We were visiting an older lady (investigator) with her member friend. We were singing a hymn, we messed up the words, and started laughing so hard we couldn’t stop laughing! We would control ourselves for 10 seconds, start singing again, but then remember… and laugh some more. They are 2 older ladys, but were laughing too. I cried…. that’s how funny it was.
Wed- In between lessons and contacting…. I had one of the coolest experiences ever. I MET A GIRL NAMED KELLY. AND SHE’S CHILEAN!!!! First person I’ve met with my name! When she told me, I kind of flipped out a bit, she might have thought I was a little crazy. But hey, she accepted an appointment, so we will see when we visit this week. ๐Ÿ™‚
Thur- Something I really love about this ward is that they do TONS of activities. The chapel is open nearly every day in the week. They do Zumba, soccer, piano, english, plus the other religious stuff. And it has been FANTASTIC because its SO easy for the members to invite their friends. We have had great contacts and references thanks to the activities, it helps the members be excited to present their friends to the missionaries!!! You guys should try it with the next ward activities, ya?
Fri- We taught one of our investigators how to do a Family Home Evening… first time ever!! She LOVED it! She is SO sweet, was so happy to have us over and share some yummy treats, plus a sweet Mormon Message (We are never alone – “nunca estamos solos” in spanish)
Sat- Another Family Home Evening, but with Paola and family (Aracelly is getting baptized this saturday!) We played the “questions” game, where you write a question and answer, but mix them up to read the crazy answers. They are JUST like our family. All the questions were like, “why are my brothers so dumb?” and “why are my kids so ugly”. hahaha. And we took these pics…. I cried laughing again. Take a good look at some of the faces. ย hahahhaa.
Sun- Another great week at church. Jose came to church SOLO on his bike (guys, he’s like, 70 something years old) yesterday! YES. Plus we got to visit Danny (less active) and his active family- and they gave us a reference for 2 friends that live nearby! ๐Ÿ™‚
Overall, really happy. We are a little nervous to find out transfers this Saturday, but I’m finally at the point in my mission where I KNOW that where ever I am, it will be where the Lord needs ME, and where I need to learn. ๐Ÿ™‚
Hope you have a fantastic week! Don’t forget to pray! ๐Ÿ™‚
PS, the Silva family from Centinela came to visit me! What a BEAUTIFUL SURPRISE!!! Plus, we made empanadas again (Level: EXPERT), and balloon missionaries. ๐Ÿ™‚

Conference Weekend

It’s like the Superbowl for missionaries! And when we get to stand up and sing the hymn, that’s the halftime show. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I don’t know about you guys, but for us, the conference was the cherry on top of a very good, very BUSY week. But I am SO grateful for all the messages, and I received tons of personal answers, as well as inspiration for the people we are working with. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
We had to work really hard the first three days of the week, and were blessed to have lots of members help us out. Including, we are teaching that old Argentine man like I said, Jose, and we brought him to a Family Home Eveningย with some members that live nearby. Turns out, he knows like, everyone in the ward cause he’s lived in Rengo so long. Ha ha.
Tuesday we had a cool experience with Grimanesa, an investigator that is sooooooooo amazing. She had a friend over when we went to visit, and we started talking. We ended up setting up a visit with the friend and Grimanesa told us that when we go, she wants to come! ๐Ÿ™‚
Wed we had district meeting, some great lessons, and it was special to be invited to a special BIRTHDAY Family Home Eveningย for Enzo, who recently returned to the church with his mom and sister. Hes now preparing to serve a mission too, and wanted to celebrate his birthday with us missionaries and our mission leader. ๐Ÿ™‚ How cool is that?
Thurs after making empanadas with the amazing Hna Mella (see pics below!), Hna Archila and I headed on a bus to BUIN again, to do division with the hermanasย there. We spent the night, then in the morning headed in bus again to RANGACUA for our monthly leadership meeting. It was amazing, spiritual, yet FUN.
Then…..
Like mom, I loved the Women’s Conference and how they were super focused on the temple. I didn’t appreciate that as much as I could have before the mission, but you better believe that things will be different after. ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, all the sessions were SOOOOOOOOOOOO good. I loved that lots of the messages were about the importance of the prophets, of personal revelation, and the love the Lord has for all of us. Us gringos got to watch all of conference in the beautiful language that is English EXCEPT for the very last session. But I guess that’s fitting cause it was my last session of General Conference in Chile! AHHHHHHH.
So…. there’s that. Hope you all enjoyed conference too, and had a fantastic week like I did. Love you all millions and trillions! See you next conference! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Hermana Clawson
Empanadas, the investigators that came to conference with us, the hnas in our zone, and the theme of Rengo. ๐Ÿ™‚