I Wanna Wish You a Merry Christmas!

First off, we’ve planned to skype at 6pm Chilean time. Woohoo! See you there! ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a fun week. Lots of crazy adventures, thats for sure.
Monday we went Christmas shopping… I’m addicted. Don’t worry, you’ve all got a little something. Its also really fun cause in the plaza there are 3 members with stands, so we got to see all of them too.
Tuesday I saw my first chilean tarantula, it just walked on the sidewalk in front of me. I wanted to die, it was so horrible. But didn’t do anything, thank goodness.
Wednesday I had divisions with Hna Bradshaw, she’s a pretty new missionary. But it’s no lie when I tell you that I learned a ton from her. We had a great day together and had some very special lessons. Plus, I think she was a bit relieved to speak some English for awhile. Oh, and her conversion story is the BEST I’ve ever heard. She has TWENTY brothers and sisters. Yes, for reals, her parents were polygamists. But she’s way super cool, super normal. Fyi. OH, and I MADE BAKKELS! Woooooo!
Thursday we had a crazy bad lesson where the investigator made the member feel horrible, saying she couldn’t have a testimony after reading the Book of Mormon only one time, and she also got mad that she didn’t say hi to her in the street. Poor thing. On top of that, we had to travel to Rancagua, we got lost trying to find the hermana’s apartment, but a member (returned missionary) happened to see us and helped us find it. She came like an angel, just when we needed it, it was a serious miracle.
Friday we were supposed to go to Santiago (which is why we spent the night in Rancagua), but then we find out at 7 in the morning, NOPE. hahaha. My poor companion was so tired, so worn out. But I had a good laugh. Thats one thing I’ve learned from this transfer, it doesn’t do anything to stress when things don’t go as planned, better to just move on.
Saturday we painted a house, went to Rancagua for the stake Christmas devotional.
Sunday we had 2 “onces”, or dinners, basically. The members here LOVE us, and I love them!
And honestly, I’ve seen a ton of miracles this week, especially as we’ve tried to share the message of Christmas with all the people in Rengo. This time of year, especially as a missionary, I’m especially grateful that Christ came to earth and set the example for us. I know that this is His church and that He has a perfect plan for each one of us!
I love you all and can’t wait to see you on Thurs!

FELIZ NAVIDAD!!!

Hermana Clawson
(no pictures this week due to a problem with her memory card)
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10 Days til Christmas!

This kid is ALL up in the Christmas swing! My house companions all make fun of me, for the Christmas spirit I have. Christmas hymns in the morning (and in every lesson), more decorations and gifts, its fanTASTic!

But the funny thing is, with Christmas time comes lots of activities, which takes away from real missionary working time. This was one of those weeks. I’m not gonna lie, numbers wise, it was laaaaaame. BUT, I feel really good about what we could do.
For example, our investigator Alejandra is AMAZING. She still just lacks coming to church, but she is sharing the gospel with her friends, inviting them to the baptisms, because she has a TESTIMONY of the gospel, and especially the authority of the priesthood. She told her friend, “In this church, you don’t just get baptized by whatever man off the street, he’s called of GOD. I was baptized in the evangelical church by the priest and later he told me he had a crush on me. How can that baptism be valid?” Ha ha ha. Also, Grimanesa has been reading, praying, and even though we haven’t been able to see her as much as we’d like, she expressed that she WANTS to get baptized because she feels that the gospel has changed her for the better. And its true! Another special couple are Luis and Clarisa. I don’t know if I’ve told them much about you, but she’s been listening to the missionaries all my time here, plus several months before. I honestly think she’s been investigating and GOING to church every week for nearly a year. Her boyfriend is a member, and they want to get married, but they had lots of challenges. Now they can, but they just lack a little money to have the registro civil come and marry them in the chapel. And honestly, I hope you are all right with this, but I offered to pay that part, as a gift from the Clawson family. And when they get sealed in a year, I’d like to come back. But we’ll see. HNA CLAWSON= WEDDING PLANNER OF THE CENTURY! ๐Ÿ™‚ We are SOOOOO excited, cause its finally gonna happen!!!!
Another fun activities of the week:
– I had a “self-reliance training” in Rancagua with all the other missionaries that go home with me. A service missionary came and talked to us about goals, studies, jobs, interviews, etc etc. Talk about TRUNKY. I got called on to do a mock job interview in front of everyone. It went really well, especially for my first interview in SPANISH. haha.
-Our zone plus 4 others (aka, lots of missionaries) got to have our CHRISTMAS ACITIVITY! I shared my last testimony (CRAZY), we sang christmas hymns, saw the tab choir video, played sweet sports (funny story: we played crab soccer and this one elder yelled “falcon PUNCH” (Nintendo 64) as he punched the ball, I sat laughing for 5 minutes straight, I was the only one who actually understood how funny that is) plus lunch and the coolest Christmas missionary video you’ve ever seen.
-Us 8 missionaries from Rengo went to Requinoa to help an investigator decorate the Red Cross building she volunteers at for Christmas! It turned out really nice, plus we had way too much fun.
And well, like I said, lots of fun stuff this week. And I KNOW that the coming days are gonna be crazy too! But here’s to a very happy Christmas season!
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time… of the Year!!

Its the best time of the year! Hermana Clawson is FULL ON Christmas spirit! We’ve got the trees decorated, the stockings up, and singing christmas hymns every morning. I’m really happy to be here with lots of people that I love, a LOT. Its gonna be one of the best Christmases ever! But heres what happened this week:
First off, yes Mom, I’ve heard a TON about “He is the Gift” , or “El es la Dadiva”. Its HUGE for the missionaries… we are using it in every lesson, basically every contact that we have with a person. I love it! And honestly, its helped us find new investigators!
Something else fantastic: Leadership council in Rancagua! And this one was EXTRA EXTRA special. First off, when I got to the mission home, Pres Warne comes out and says, Hey Sister Clawson, your friend is here. I’m super confused, but then look and see my friend BRAYDA EGBERT from Weber State! Her brother is serving/served here, and the whole family went to pick him up! It was THE craziest thing thats ever happened to me in the mish! I got to meet the whole fam, plus her brother ended in Paine, where he taught the husband of Carmen and Angi… he got baptized this last Saturday! Now the WHOLE family has been baptized! My heart could explode from so much happiness!!! Plus, in this council I got to see Hna Ayre, my trainee… is now TRAINING and a COORDINATOR, all at once! And lastly, we learned from Pres Warne that the mission work is changing… its not going to be so much focused on numbers, we are only going to count baptisms, church attendance, and a few other things individualized for each mission. Guys, thats a major change, like from the memorized”discussions” to Preach My Gospel! The Lord is hastening His work! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Something else I learned this week is that most of the times, the numbers really don’t matter. The numbers that we had this week did not reflect in any way the work we put in. And even though in some areas we thought we didnt do so well, at the ย end of the week looking back, some things went fantastic! For example, we found some awesome new investigators, plus lots of people went to church, including a menos activo family that we have been teaching since I got to Rengo!
And, I also had lots of fun this week. One: a sweet noche de hogar with Gina, a 14 year old recent convert. Her family is ALWAYS home when we visit, but never listen. So we planned this to get them involved. They LOVED it, especially the games afterwards, we laughed a TON. And as a result, her sister in law came to church with her on sunday for the first time! Woohoooooo!!! Two: Today all 8 missionaries plus friends ((a few members and investigators) went to the church, we made and ate completos, and played the m&m straw game. Had a great time!!
And well, that was a great week. Not too trunky yet, but maybe almost…. NO! Never! NO but really, I’m excited to keep working hard up until the end!

Birthday Week! :)

Im twenty threeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Feels pretty weird, but I’ve also been saying that I’m 23 years old for the past few months. Its kind of a thing here to say it before your actual birthday. But it was a really fun, really special week.

We saw lots of special people, and I included some pictures. Alejandra, an investigator, some pics of my zone/district, etc etc.
I think that the craziest thing about this week was the fact that it was my birthday sunday, plus Hna Cueva’s last week in the mission. Saturday we planned a surprise goodbye party with some members and investigators, it was amazing. Her companion Hna Gonzalez from Santiago even came to visit!
As for my birthday, I woke up, knelt down to pray, and THEN remembered that it was my birthday. The hermanas brought me a little cake and candle, balloons, and sang Feliz Cumpleaรฑos. Later we obviously went to church, and attendance was super low, which was kinda lame. But the talks and classes were fantastic, all focused on the 10 commandments. Afterwards we had lunch with Hna Blanco, who has a son in the mission who just so happens to have the same birthday as me! She fed us 8 missionaries her famous empanadas, plus a CAKE. ๐Ÿ™‚ Later we got fed TWICE, we visited Hna Paola and family and they gave me the giant stuffed bunny rabbit, plus we saw Hna Villacura and Claudia. Lots of members called or told me happy birthday, it was SO special. I LOVE this area!! ๐Ÿ™‚ And THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all the gifts! I opened the package before church and wore one of the necklaces! I loved every single thing, even the random scooby doo van. hahahahaha.
And well, not going to lie, I didn’t do ANYTHING special for thanksgiving, other than write in my journal what I’m thankful for. And I guess I should share some of those things with you all. I’m thankful for:
* The Atonement of Jesus Christ. I’ve learned a LOT about the Atonement and how it really is the center of EVERYTHING. I know my Savior loves me and that is the most precious knowledge I have.
* YOU ALL, my lovely family. ๐Ÿ™‚ You are my greatest blessing and I’m SO SO SO grateful to have you all as my support.
*The mission. Best experience I could have ever asked for.
*Lots lots more, basically everything. ๐Ÿ™‚
And well, I guess its time to tell you all what you’ve really been waiting for. TRANSFERS……
I get to finish my mission in RENGO! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m SOOOOOOO excited. The crazy part is that I won’t be companions with Hna Colil, but she’s staying in the house! She’s going to be companions with Hna Aizama, finish her training, and work in their area. And my final companion will be Hna Rodriguez from Peru. Presidente already told me that she will need some special help and that he felt I was the person that could help her. So its going to be an interesting last transfer, but I feel good about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Feliz Cumpleanos to me :)

Its been another great week! And this week is gonna be even better, especially Sunday. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚
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. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
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!)

Weekly letter :)

Dearest familia

So, the weeks are flying. Hermana Gonzalez is amazing as ever, staying focused to the end. Its been a way good experience for me, to be with such a hard worker. She’s been an amazing example. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Tues we had lots of lessons, including one with Ruth! Ha ha. Shes the neighbor of a member, who basically always comes with us now. Shes a bit older, so doesn’t get it all, but its perfect cause her member friend is there to support her and testifies amazingly. Also, I loved being able to testify of the atonement to Valeria, a newer investigator whose mom is blind and she was born with a disease in her legs – I especially love a quote from Preach My Gospel. “All that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.”
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Wed I got to my first divisions here in Rengo, guiding the sector! :Oย 
Hna Gonzalez from Santiago (not my comp) came with me and we were focused on loving the work and the people! We had 6 lessons, didn’t get lost (a HUGE deal), and we had some way cool teaching moments. And I was proud to have guided without any major problems. Phew. One lesson was special, with Claudia. She was alone, the kids were upstairs, so we were able to have a lesson that was actually serious and quiet, and we answered some of her doubts and questions!
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Another lesson from this week that was really interesting was with Carmen, an Adventist that is super friendly, loves talking about gospel subjects, but has a really hard time understanding the restoration. She doesn’t believe we have more scripture, but I loved that Hna Gonzalez didn’t try to convince her using facts or more scriptures. Simply, there is a promise that those who read, ponder, and pray about the Book of Mormon, with faith and the sincere desire to know that its true, will recieve an answer that it is. SIMPLE.
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Saturday was a special day because we managed to get in 3 lessons before heading off to Rancagua at 5ish for Stake Conference! Normally we don’t go to the adult meetings Saturday, but it was about “hastening the work of salvation” and Elder Avila, from the seventy (?) came. It was sweeeeeeeet, cause it was all about mission work and how the members can help. Speaking of, you should all try to go out some time with the missionaries, or have them over for a lessons, it would be SO COOL. Its the best, no joke.
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Sunday we also had stake conference, and thanks to a bus from Rengo, Gina a recent convert came with Edith, who has a baptism date! It was a relief cause they are both young women, so it can be tricky, but they came!!
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Overall, I’m really happy, its warming up, and Rancagua isn’t too shabby. Best house I’ve lived in, a sweet sector, and amazing ward. What more can we ask for?
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Hermana Clawson
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PS: The pics probably need some explanation. Those are industrial size rolls of scotch tape, which a family buys specially to remove cat hair – the cat that costs $2000 US dollars. Not a joke. Also, we baked cookies (from a gringo mix) for our language study one day. ๐Ÿ™‚