Feliz Cumpleanos to me :)

Its been another great week! And this week is gonna be even better, especially Sunday. πŸ˜‰ But it will be a little crazy, cause we will find out transfers on Saturday, then birthday, then pday, then transfers. Woo!

For this week I’d just like to tell you about some of the people we are working with and some experiences we had.
First off, Hna Archila and I contacted a way nice lady last transfer, but we finally found her again with Hna Colil. She’s named Carmen and shes amaaaaaaaaaaazing. The last time we visited was the 3rd visit and to start off the lesson she OFFERED to do the first prayer, but “with help”. And in her prayer she thanked Heavenly Father for putting us in her path, and she hopes we can keep visiting, because its helped her a lot. That is one of the most special things a missionary can hear! πŸ™‚
Also, Alejandra. That woman is SPECIAL. First off, she’s gonna get baptized, its like 99% sure, but she just needs to go to church. She gave us gifts (jewelry) and is teaching US more than we teach her. She’s sharing what she learns from us with her Jehovah’s Witness friend (they watched Mormon Messages together!), and she shared a personal experience about forgiveness that got us all crying.
There is another Carmen that is the neighbor of Hna Villacura/ Queen of Rengo/ member that used to live in SAN JAVIER. She’s helping us a TON with visits, quitting smoking, and gets mad at her when she doesn’t come to church after committing to. haha.
Other lovely people: Edith and Gladys LOVE me, Vicky and Nicolas told us all about the Catholic church and gave me a rosario, and Hna Paola (Aracelly’s mom) is SO my type of person (we played a “endure to the end” game and she got MEGA competitive!).
Lastly, I’d like to end with a funny experience we had as a house. Hna Cuevas told us that Hna Aizama (her comp) woke up like a “evangelical rocker”, cause of her singing, etc. Later when we started off our comp studies together, we kneeled down to pray the 4 of us, when randomly Hna Cuevas stood up. I said, “Who’s the evangelical rocker now?” and the other hermanas “Hallelujah!” “Amen!”. And we all DIED laughing. Maybe it doesn’t sound funny, but just trust me, you’d have to live it to understand. πŸ˜‰
And well, thank you all for the birthday wishes. I know its gonna be a great day! Love you all millions and thanks for being the very best! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
Love,
Hermana Clawson
Happy birthday to Hna Clawson!
Noche de hogar with my fave family from San Javier (Hna Villacura, Hna Rosa, Claudia, and Javiera)
Noche de hogar with Familia Gomez and Familia Gomez (members and investigators!)
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Another week, another nickel…

So family, another fantastic week. Went faster than usual cause we had pday on tuesday… ha.
Some highlights:
I GOT TO GO BACK TO PAINE! I can’t even explain how cool it was. I went with the other hermanas to a different part of the town, but I still remember everything! We saw like, 6 members and they still recognized me! And even though lots of things have changed, like the house they live in (its the same, but theyve reorganized and remodeled lots), new buildings, etc, its still my Paine. It was fun to see some of the same decorations in the house (including the chore chart that my trainer Hna Ruiz made), etc etc. But the best part was getting to see some of my favorite people like Gabi, and CARMEN. She got baptized right after I left Paine, but she always says that we were the first hermanas to visit her house. And she was super impressed with my spanish, I could hardly speak when we first visited her! She and her family are all doing well. Now her husband is listening to the elders and has a baptism date too! And as a family they have the goal of getting sealed in the temple! It was MORE than rewarding to talk to her and hear that!
Other cool things: the members have been GREAT in helping us, especially with Family Home Evenings in their houses, so we can invite investigators, and have a way cool experience together. And lots of the investigators we are working with have FRIENDS that are members, which helps SO much in the process.
One of them is Oscar, who was a reference from the Ureta family. And he got baptized this Saturday!!! He was SO excited. The actual day came and he said he was a bit nervous, but when he came up out of the water he was smiling, super happy and relaxed. Plus, he loves to sing and play guitar, so Hna Colil and I organized a choir with us, the elders, and some members to sing Mas Cerca Dios de Ti (Nearer my God to Thee) and it turned out AMAZING. Basically everyone was crying their eyes out, no big deal. Plus, one of our investigators came and she LOVED it. It was her first time entering the chapel and it was a fantastic experience for her. She’s preparing for it too. πŸ™‚ AFTER the baptism, another investigator showed up and we gave her a tour of the chapel. She thought it was going to be all dark like the catholic church, but she was impressed.
AndΒ SundayΒ we had a mega confirmation day- FOUR people were confirmed and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. We had stake conference last week, so we had to do them all this week. But it was super special to hear all the blessings, cool moment for them all! πŸ™‚
And well, thats all for now. Keep your eyes out for some letters, I was a little late in sending it this month, but its on its way!
Love you MORE THAN CHOCOLATE COVERED CAKE WITH CHERRIES ON TOP.
Hermana Clawson
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Photos
*PAINE!!! I saw hna Carolina + Patty,Β  Gabi, and HNA CARMEN!!
*In Paine I found a registro from Amy.
*We had a baptism! Oscar Alex Carrasco LAYTON. Yep, thats his name.
* Trabaja con el- Work with him. I LOVE YOU AND I LOVE WORKING AS A MISSIONARY.

Really, what are the chances…?

I normally only post letters from Kellie, but after Kellie wrote about going to the Safari Park in Rancagua, I had this experience that I shared with Kellie…

 

So I wasΒ in the Instacare lobby with Joey – doesn’t happen too often.Β  Pick up Time magazine – probably haven’t looked at Time magazine in over a year. It’s a current edition…
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Get through Β only a portion of the magazine and see this…
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So, I think back to Monday and say that’s crazy – kind of like whatΒ KellieΒ did for P=day.Β  So, I read the caption…
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Of all the places for Time magazine to go in the world, and off all the attractions in Chile to chose for a photo shoot.Β  And of all the weeks to run this set of photos…
… what are the chances…!

 

Kellie at the same Safari Park the week prior to seeing this article…

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BEST WEEK EVER x A MILLION

So like I said, this transfer has been full of travels, but its been SO fun.

Monday we spent in Santiago, the doctors visit went well, plus I bought some Chilean souveniers. I CANT RESIST.
Tuesday we headed to Rancagua in the mission home for Leadership Council. Presidente & Hermana Warne recently went to Argentina for a training thing with all the other mission presidents in southern South America, so we got to hear all about it and learn from it too.
Wednesday we had interviews with Presidente Warne. You know, our leaders really are inspired. This transfer has been a little tricky for me, because of Hna Colil’s diabetes. I had lots of questions and concerns going into the interview, but President knew exactly what to say.
Thursday we had district meeting and I got to talk a bit about what we learned from President’s meeting in Argentina. It was mostly about understanding and having a testimony of the doctrine for OURSELVES first, and then we will be more powerful in sharing testimony with everyone else. Things like the Book of Mormon, the temple, tithing, etc were also some focuses.
Friday was a busy day of work. I especially loved the lesson with Oscar. We always have our lessons in the chapel with a member, while they are doing Zumba. We got to explain a bit about the temple, and how we will be able to go there someday. In fact, he was so excited to be baptized for his mom and grandparents, he thought we could just write the names on papers and hold them in his hand as he got baptized. Awww, presh. We explained how we have to go to the temple for that, and he also said that even though he doesn’t have plans to get married, “she’d have to be a member”.. HE IS SO AWESOME. And to answer your question dad, he was a reference from a member family, the Ureta family. Aracelly, the little girl got baptized last transfer and we helped their family be reactivated. He’s way good friends with their whole family, plus a bunch of other members. In fact, he already looks like a member cause he participates in the choir and goes to the activities. Ha ha.
Saturday JOSE GOT BAPTIZED. He was a little nervous, but it all went really well. He is the funniest old guy I’ve ever met. He says that he’s our “regalon”, or golden child, and when we called him to ask if he’d be home he said, “yeah, because no chica has called me to go out…hahaha. Oh, and when he was dressed in white, he said, “I’m an angel!”. It was a wonderful baptism service, with 2 kids that also got baptized. Happy happy day.
Sunday I LISTENED TO AN APOSTLE. And you know what the coolest part was? HE SPOKE SPANISH. They came with interpreters prepared, and his wife used one, but he decided to give it in spanish. And the messages were AMAZING. I feel SOOOOOO lucky that I could be here in Rancagua to listen to this conference.
And Monday was super amazing too. Elder Christen and his wife came for our MISSION conference, all 250 of us all together. I got to see all my friends, plus hear a bunch of INCREDIBLE messages. I played the piano and it went really well. But I was a little nervous, I’ve never played in front of so many people before. Plus everyone got a bit emotional when the choir sang “Come unto Christ”, even Presidente! Β It was honestly, so amazing and I received answers. Cool how that works. πŸ™‚ But wanna know something that made me sad? There are SO many new missionaries, I don’t recognize hardly anyone. 😦 But it was fun to see people like Hna Fast, Hna Ayre, Hna Mendez, Hna Archila, Elder Horsely. Oh Matt, guess who are companions and Zone leaders together? ELDER MCGEE AND ELDER ADAIR. Como se dice DREAM TEAM. hahaha.
And now for our pday!! Also, super awesome. We went to the Safari Park!!! Where the lions jump on the trucks and eat meat and lick your hands! It was so crazy, it was RIGHT ABOVE MY HEAD.
And this week is going to be crazy too. But I feel SO blessed to be a missionary, and for this mission in particular. πŸ˜‰
Love you all and hope to see lots of pics in the near future…. its the only birthday gift I want!!
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Love,
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Hermana Clawson
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The baptism, matching bracelets, safari, LIONS, and a sweet sand sealion in Rancagua. πŸ™‚
Leadership Council

Happy Halloween!

Sorry, but lets be honest, now that my time is running out in the mish, the holidays are even more normal than usual. I did buy myself a bag of gummy spiders, just like last year. Oh, but I did do something mega crazy. A member made sushi (we learned and helped) and I TRIED IT AND I HATED IT! IT was so gross, and I was suffering, trying to hide the gag reflex. It was a roll with avacado, cream cheese and shrimp. Ewwwww. But at least I tried! πŸ˜‰Β 

This week was really great, as always. We are really focusing on Jose and Oscar, because they are both preparing to be baptized. Jose loves the church, loves the teachings, but when we did the pre interview, it was hard for him to remember…. haha. Its hard for the old folks! But he and Oscar are doing really well. In fact, Oscar had a SWEET dream. He always told us, “I just want to listen”… over and over again. But when Aracelly got baptized and Hna Archila left, he told us that he wanted to get baptized. And we set the date for the 15th, but he was thinking maybe more in the future. But like I said, he had a dream.. (chileans are BIG on dreams, no joke). He saw a big door with a lock on it, and on the door, a giant number 15. He took that for his answer that he should get baptized the 15th. πŸ™‚ YEAAAH.
This week we also saw various people that really want to make big changes in their lives. Carmen for example, we have taught a lot of the basics, and we felt we needed to teach the word of wisdom. The house always smells of smoke, and everyone drinks tea… but when we got to the appointment and started to teach, she was SO happy because she WANTS to quit smoking, and is so happy that we are going to help her!
And you guys know that generally I’m a pretty optimistic, positive person. But I want to share something that I learned this week, from a pretty lame experience. We had organized a lesson with a member in the MORNING, which is pretty difficult for us to do. We got to the house of the investigator and she couldn’t recieve us because she’s going to start working. Plus, she told us that even though she didn’t come to our church (thats been the ONLY difficult thing for her), she did return to “her” church. And she’s going to call us when we can visit. I was SO disappointed, because we’ve seen SO much progress in her, it kind of broke my heart. So afterwards I had to really try to not show my disappointment and thought that talking with some people in the street would help me. And we talked with one lady and afterwards my comp asked why we didn’t ask for her address. I felt like I was doing all the work in starting to talk with people, plus with the bad experience in the morning, I was a little stressed. So I might have exploded a bit and said, “Just do it then, if you feel like we should!”. Sassy, right? I felt SO bad afterwards, and had to really humble myself to ask forgiveness later. But where I’m going with this is that this transfer so far I’ve really had to try and remember to be patient with EVERYONE, my comp, the investigators, other missionaries, and myself. And I was also reminded that I’m not a perfect person and I don’t always react how I should. But it was good to have those experiences to help me out.
And that family, is what I have to share this week. Right now I’m in Santiago, just so you know, my comp has a doctors appointment for her diabetes. And next week is our special mission conference, so we are going to have p-day on TUESDAY, not Monday, so don’t freak out when I don’t write Monday. πŸ™‚
Love you all millions. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Β Have a great week, stay safe, and choose the right!
Hermana Clawson
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Ps- 2 member friends from Linderos and Rancagua came to visit me so we took lots of pics. πŸ™‚
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